Gilbert Achcar

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Gilbert Achcar
Born 1951
Beirut, Lebanon
Residence Lebanon
Nationality French and Lebanese
Fields academic and writer
prof. Gilbert Achcar in ABF-huset in Stockholm, Sweden. Sept 3 2014.

Gilbert Achcar (Arabic: جلبير الأشقر‎; born 1951) is a Lebanese academic, writer, socialist and anti-war activist. He lived in Lebanon until moving to France in 1983. He taught politics and international relations at the University of Paris VIII until 2003, when he took up a position at the Marc Bloch Centre in Berlin.

Since August 2007, Achcar has been a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, ZNet, and International Viewpoint.

Gilbert Achcar is a Fellow at the International Institute for Research and Education.

In March 2011, he wrote an article for ZNet that provoked a debate within the international left on the position towards the coalition intervention in Libya for humanitarian reasons.[1] He gave his support in March 2013 to the campaign of film director Ken Loach and activist Kate Hudson for a new left-wing party in the UK.[2]


  • Author: La nouvelle Guerre froide : le monde après le Kosovo, 1999. English translation included as two chapters in Tariq Ali (ed.): "Masters of the Universe". NATO’s Balkan Crusade, 2000".
  • Editor: The Legacy of Ernest Mandel, 1999.
  • Author: Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror, 2004 (L'Orient incandescent : le Moyen-Orient au miroir marxiste, 2003.
  • Author The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (Le choc des barbaries : terrorismes et désordre mondial, 2002 and 2006.
  • Editor: The Israeli Dilemma: A Debate between Two Left-Wing Jews. Letters between Marcel Liebman and Ralph Miliband (Le dilemme israélien. Un débat entre Juifs de gauche), 2006.
  • Author with Michel Warschawski: The 33-Day War: Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences, 2007.
  • Author with Noam Chomsky, Perilous Power. The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2007 and 2008.
  • Author: The Arabs and the Holocaust, 2010.
  • Author: "The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising", 2012


Additional reading[edit]

  • Achcar, Gilbert. The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder. ISBN 0863569196. 
Articles and interviews

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