Author: Gilbert Achcar

Gilbert Achcar 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, and is the author of numerous books, including Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism and Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising.

  • Two Views on the NATO Military Intervention in Libya

    The United Nations-NATO military intervention in the Libyan civil war has posed a challenging question for socialists in Canada – all the more given the active participation of the Canadian armed forces in the air war. This raises some difficult questions – should socialists in Canada have supported the March 17 U.N. Security Council initiative … Keep reading »

  • Revolution in the Arab World…

    Toronto — 13 February 2011. With Gilbert Achcar – Professor of Development Studies, University of London, author of The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder and The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives. Moderated by Mary-Jo Nadeau – CAIA. Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice; Coalition Against Israeli … Watch video »

  • Whither Egypt? Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Farooq Sulehria

    Farooq Sulehria (FS): Do you think that Mubarak’s pledge on February 1st not to contest the next election represented a victory for the movement, or was it just a trick to calm down the masses as on the very next day demonstrators in Al-Tahrir Square were brutally attacked by pro-Mubarak forces? Gilbert Achcar (GA): The … Keep reading »

  • Obama’s Cairo Speech

    Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo on the 4th of June 2009 definitely lived up to expectations – provided we agree on what could have been expected. With regard to the form, Obama fully lived up to his role as the new black and human face of America in its relation with the rest of the … Keep reading »

  • The Middle East from Bush/Sharon to Obama/Netanyahu

    Toronto, May 3, 2009. Professor Gilbert Achcar teaches Development Studies at the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London. His latest book is Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War, and Justice (2009) (with Noam Chomsky), published by Paradigm.

  • The Crisis in Gaza – Interview with Gilbert Achcar

    Daniel Finn: What do you think are the chief goals of Israeli strategy at present in their assault on the Gaza strip? Gilbert Achcar: Well that’s a complicated question actually, because there are different levels involved. Seen through a wide angle, it is part of an ongoing struggle between Israel on the one hand and … Keep reading »