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Lecture Series:  The Middle East in Crisis

Israel - Iran: collision in Lebanon

Implications for  UNIFIL and 

European Militaries in the Levant  


Date:         17 July  2018

Time:        16:00 - 18:00 h

Location:  EGIC HQ
                  Via Gregoriana 12, Roma


This lecture, on one of the most delicate strategic questions in the future of the Levant, is part of the series denominated ‘The Middle East in Crisis’, focusing on the most dangerous flashpoints unravelling in the already troubled Middle East and aiming to explore the dynamics behind the continuation or the escalation of current crises.


Accordingly, on July 17, we will explore the implications of the Israel-Hezbollah confrontation in Syria and the possible ramifications into Lebanese territory, where European and global actors are involved into key international military missions. Lebanon, the immediate target for a spillover from Syria, is indeed the theatre to which all eyes of policy-makers and strategists are turned. For Italy and other European countries, the added threat stems from involvement of their forces engaged with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission.


To address this topic, the EGIC invited an expert in military and strategic affairs Dr Jean-Loup Samaan, Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at the National Defense College in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Before moving to the Gulf, Samaan served for five years as Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Middle East Faculty at the NATO Defense College in Rome.


Lecture Series: The Middle East in Crisis

The Euro-Gulf Information Centre, (EGIC), is proud to announce its latest Lecture Series ‘The Middle East in Crisis’ to explore the defining challenges in Middle Eastern political life. The lectures will bring scholars and practitioners of security, war and peace—from around the world—to address Rome’s diverse audience; academics, students, diplomatic personnel and others interested in the politics of the Middle East. Voltaire once said, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ At EGIC we encourage debate as we believe that giving space to different opinions is necessary to better understand the complexities of the Middle East.

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