Gilbert Achcar

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

Gilbert Achcar (Arabic: جلبير الأشقر‎‎; born 1951) is a Lebanese academic, writer, and socialist. He is a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

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. 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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