Wednesday 13th March
Arts 2.01, 1730, University of East Anglia
Professor Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
Causes and Prospects of the Syrian Civil War
Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS in London. He has degrees in Philosophy (ESL, Beirut), Social Sciences (UL, Beirut) and Social History/International Relations (University of Paris-VIII). His research interests and publication topics include: the political economy and sociology of globalisation, the global power structure and grand strategy, empire theory and the unfolding of US hegemony globally and in the ‘Broader Middle East’, politics and development economics of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the sociology of religion in general, of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism in particular, social change and social theory. Some of his most recent publications include; The People Want: A Radical Explanation of the Arab Uprising (2013), The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (2011), (with Noam Chomsky) Perilous Power: The Middle-East and US Foreign Policy (2010) and The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder (2006).