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Samuel Arnaud & Ihssane Guennoun

Samuel Arnaud is a Political analyst in the NATO Strategic Direction South Hub in Naples (ITA), where he contributes to studies focusing on the northern part of Africa. His studies also covered the influence of external actors in Africa. Before being posted in Naples, he served in several positions in central services and Joint Staff Headquarters in the French Army. He attended a 2 years course at INALCO (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations). In 2004, he graduated from Grenoble Management Business School (FRA) where he obtained a master’s degree in international business.


Ihssane Guennoun is an International Relations Specialist at the Policy Center for the New South. She contributes to the Geopolitics and International Relations research program by focusing on West Africa. Her research also covers security in the Sahel region as well as recent developments of Asian players in Africa. Prior to joining the Policy Center in 2015, she spent six months at the German Marshall Fund of the United States within the Wider Atlantic program. Ihssane has a double degree in International Relations from the School of Governance and Economics of Rabat (Morocco) and the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence (France).