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Dr. Florence Gaub

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Dr. Florence Gaub is a Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, where she heads the Middle East/Mediterranean program. She studies the Arab world, with a focus on strategy and security. In addition to monitoring post-conflict developments in Iraq, Lebanon, and Libya, she researches Arab military forces, conflict structures, geostrategic dimensions of the Arab region, and intercultural communication. She was previously assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence College and the German Parliament. Dr. Gaub has published several articles and two books on these topics, and has lectured widely with European governments, the NATO school at Oberammergau, Joint Forces Command Naples, and several think tanks and universities in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Gaub holds degrees from Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne, and Munich universities. She holds a Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin, where she wrote her thesis on the Lebanese army.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Florence Gaub

  • An Arab NATO in the Making? Middle Eastern Military Cooperation Since 2011

    September 06, 2016

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    Military cooperation and alliances have not been a consistent or successful feature in the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2011, incentives to join forces have arisen and given way to several initiatives to that effect—but will they succeed?

  • The Gulf Moment: Arab Relations Since 2011

    May 04, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    The Arab Spring has changed the region not only at the domestic level, it has set in motion a profound transition from how these regional states once related to each other to that of a new intra-regional dynamic. In diplomatic terms, it has entered a Gulf Moment, where regional decisions are now taken by the Gulf states themselves.

  • After the Spring: Reforming Arab Armies

    September 11, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    The Arab Spring has returned Arab military forces and their necessity for reform to the forefront. Outside actors, such as the United States, are now asked to rethink their security assistance in broader terms, shifting toward comprehensive security sector reform. As several countries are facing large-scale security implosion, terrorism, politicization of the military and protracted instability, the time for reform was never more imminent than now.

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Libya: Reviewing Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR

    June 28, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
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    NATO's Libya Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR is considered a military success. As this monograph shows, multiple strategic lessons can be learned from it.

  • Against All Odds: Relations between NATO and the MENA Region

    August 01, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
    Whereas NATO had no relationships with the Middle East and North Africa at all until 1994, it has expanded now to an extent where the League of Arab States mandated its Libya mission in 2011. This monograph explains this unlikely development.

  • Rebuilding Armed Forces: Learning from Iraq and Lebanon

    May 19, 2011

    Authored by Dr. Florence Gaub.
    Learning from the armed forces of Iraq and Lebanon might not seem the first instinct when it comes to improving post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Yet, the two cases offer useful insight into these processes, what to avoid and what to emphasize.