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Dr. Gerard Chaliand (replace '#' with '@' before sending email)


* Ph.D (Sorbonne)


Dr. Chaliand has been a participant­observer in various guerilla and war­zones:
    • Guinea Bissau (1966)
    • North Vietnam (1967)
    • Colombia (1968, 1991)
    • Palestine/Israel (1969, 1970, 1975, 1998, 1999)
    • Eritrea (1977, 1999)
    • Afghanistan (1980, 1982, 2006, 2007)
    • Iranian Kurdistan (1980)
    • Salvador (1982)
    • Peru (1985)
    • Angola (1985)
    • Philippines (1987)
    • Burma (1990, 1995)
    • Nagorno­Karabagh (1993, 2000)
    • Georgia (1994)
    • Kashmir (1999)
    • Sri Lanka (1999)
    • Iraqi Kurdistan (2000, 2001)
    • Iraq (2003, 2004, 2005)


Dr. Chaliand has conducted field studies for over three decades in:
    • Northern Africa
    • South and South East Asia
    • West, East and Southern Africa
    • Far East Asia
    • Middle East
    • Central and South America
    • Caucasus and Central Asia
    • Russia

  • He has spent five years in the United States where among other things; he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, U.C.L.A. and Berkeley. He delivered over five hundred lectures in major Universities and Centers, including the Rand Corporation and the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
  • He taught in Paris, France, at the École Nationale d'Administration (High Civil Servant School) and at the Collège Interarmées de Défense (War College)
  • He was also a visiting professor at the military Academy, in Bogota (Colombia), at the University of Capetown (South Africa), at the University of Salamanca (Spain), at the Universities of Sussex and Manchester (United Kingdom), at the University of Vladikavkaz (Northern Ossettia), the Universities of Irbil and Suleymanie (Iraq) and Nanyang University (Singapur)
  • He has lectured at various Strategic Institutes

- Washington D.C
- London
- Beijing
- Madrid
- Canberra
- Tokyo

  • He has written approximately 40 books, including 20 translated into English. This list includes but is not limited to :
    • History of Terrorism From Antiquity to al Qaïda. (with A. Blin) University of California Press (Forthcoming)
    • Mirrors of a Disaster. The Spanish conquest of America, Transaction, New Brunswick. N. J. 2005
    • Nomadic Empires, From Mongolia to the Danube, Transaction, New Brunswick, N.J. 2003
    • The Penguin Atlas of Diasporas: Penguin Press, New York 1995).
    • The Art of War in World History, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
    • The Kurdish Tragedy, Zed Press, London: 1994.
    • Strategic Atlas: A Comparative Geopolitics of the World's Powers, with J.P. Rageau, Harper & Row, New York 1987, 1990, updated edition 1992
    • Minorities at the Age of Nation-States (ed) Pluto Press, 1988.
    • Terrorism Saqi Books, London: 1987.
    • Guerrilla Strategy. A Historical Anthology From the "Long March" to Afghanistan, ed. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1982.
    • The Struggle for Africa. Great Power Strategies, Macmillan, London 1982.
    • Report from Afghanistan. Penguin Books, Baltimore,1982.
    • Revolution in the Third World: Myths and Prospects, Viking, New York 1977; revised edition, Penguin Books, 1989.
    • The Palestinian Resistance. Penguin Books, Baltimore 1972.
    • Peasants of North Vietnam. Penguin Books, Baltimore 1970.
    • Armed Struggle in Africa. Monthly Review Press, New York 1969.

Dr Chaliand has also written a cookbook Food without Frontiers Pluto Press, London 1981 and a book of Poems The stubborn March Crane Books, Watercrown, MA. 1990

  • He has been an independant advisor to the Center for Analysis and Planning of the French Foreign Ministry (1983­1994)
  • He has been Director of the European Center for the Studies of Conflict (Foundation for Strategic Research), Paris. (1997­2000)

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