About Gérard Chaliand

Gérard Chaliand (born in 1934) is a French expert in geopolitics who has published extensively on irregular warfare and military strategy. Chaliand’s analyses of insurgencies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, mostly based on his field experience with insurgent forces, have appeared in more than 20 books and in numerous media articles. An independent thinker, he has worked as an autonomous agent throughout his entire career, unconstrained by the perspectives of national governments and policy institutes. His work
thus provides a nonpartisan viewpoint on many of the major conflicts that have characterized the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He is also a published poet.

Selected bibliography

Chaliand is the author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, more than 20 of which have been translated into English.

  • The History of Terrorism: From Antiquity to ISIS (ed. with Arnaud Blin) (2016), University of California Press, Oakland.
  • A Global History of War: From Assyria to the Twenty-first Century (2014), University of California Press, Avid Woods.
  • Nomadic Empires: From Mongolia to the Danube (2006), Routledge, New York.
  • Mirrors of a Disaster: The Spanish Military Conquest of America (2005), Routledge, New York.
  • The Penguin Atlas of the Diasporas (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1995), Viking Press, New York,.
  • A Strategic Atlas: A Comparative Geopolitics of the World’s Powers (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1995), Viking Press, New York.
  • The Art of War in World History: From Antiquity to the Nuclear Age (1994), University of California Press, Oakland.
  • The Kurdish Tragedy (1994), commissioned by the United Nations to report on the situation of the Kurds following the Gulf War, Zed Books, London, and University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • A People Without a Country: The Kurds and Kurdistan (ed.) (1993), Interlink Publishing, Northampton MA.
  • Minorities at the Age of Nation-States (ed.) (1988), Pluto Press, London. Out of print.
  • Terrorism: From Popular Struggle to Media Spectacle (1987), Saqi Books, London.
  • The Armenians: From Genocide to Resistance (1984) (with Yves Ternon), Zed Books, London.
  • Guerrilla Strategies: An Historical Anthology from the Long March to Afghanistan (ed.) (1982), University of California Press, Oakland.
  • Struggle for Africa: Conflict of the Great Powers (1982), Macmillan, London.
  • Report from Afghanistan (1982), Viking Press, New York.
  • Revolutions in the Third World from 1945 to the Present: Myths and Prospects (1977), The Harvester Press, Herz UK; updated edition (1979), Branch Line Press, Pepperell MA; revised edition, Revolution in the Third World: Currents and Conflicts in Asia, Africa, and Latin America (1989), Penguin Press New York.
  • The Palestinian Resistance (1972), Pelican Penguin, London.
  • The Peasants of North Vietnam (1970), Pelican Penguin, London.
  • Armed struggle in Africa: with the guerrillas in Portuguese Guinea (1969), Monthly Review Press, New York.

Books in French

  • Le Regard du singe. Esprit d’aventure et modernité (with Patrice Franceschi) (2014) Seuil, Paris.
  • Vers un nouvel ordre du monde (with Michel Jan) (2013), Le Seuil, Paris; new edition (2014), Points, Paris.
  • L’Impasse afghane (2011), Éditions de l’Aube, La Tour-D’Aigue, France.
  • L’Amérique en guerre, Irak-Afghanistan (2007), Éditions du Rocher, Monaco.
  • America is Back. Les nouveaux Césars du Pentagone (with Arnaud Blin) (2003), Bayard Presse, Paris.
  • De l’esprit d’aventure (with Patrice Franceschi and J.C. Guilbert) (2003), Arthaud, Paris.
  • Voyage dans le demi-siècle (with Jean Lacouture) (2001), Complexe, Brussels.
  • État de crise. Vers les nouveaux équilibres mondiaux (with Juliette Minces) (1993), Seuil, Paris.
  • Où va l’Afrique du Sud ? (1986), Calmann-Lévy, Paris.
  • L’Algérie est-elle socialiste ? (1964), Maspéro, Paris.

Military strategy

  • Les Guerres irrégulières (2008), Folio Gallimard, Paris.
  • Le nouvel art de la guerre (2008) L’Archipel, Paris.
  • Dictionnaire de stratégie militaire (with Arnaud Blin) (1998), Perrin, Paris.
  • Atlas du nucléaire civil et militaire (with Michel Jan) (1993), Payot, Paris.

Geopolitical and Historical Atlases

  • Géopolitique des empires. Des pharaons à l’imperium américain, (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (2010), Flammarion, Paris.
  • Atlas du nouvel ordre mondial (2003), Laffont, Paris.
  • Atlas du millénaire. La mort des empires, 1900-2015 (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1998), Hachette, Paris.
  • Atlas de l’Asie orientale (with Michel Jan and Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1997), Seuil, Paris.
  • Atlas historique du monde méditerranéen. Chrétiens, juifs et musulmans de l’Antiquité à nos jours (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1995), Payot, Paris.
  • Atlas historique des migrations (with Michel Jan and Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1994), Seuil, Paris.
  • Atlas des empires. De Baylone à la Russie soviétique (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1993), Payot, Paris.
  • Atlas des Européens (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1989), Fayard, Paris.
  • Atlas politique du XXème siècle (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1987), Seuil, Paris.
  • Atlas de la découverte du monde (with Jean-Pierre Rageau) (1984), Fayard, Paris.84), Fayard, Paris.


  • L’Héritage occidental (with Sophie Mousset) (2002 and 2015), Odile Jacob, Paris.
  • 2000 ans de chrétientés (with Sophie Mousset) (2000 and 2003), Odile Jacob, Paris.
  • Les Bâtisseurs d’histoire (1995) Arléa, Paris; Updated editions: (2005), Agora, Paris, and (2012) Magellan, Paris.