Fred Halliday

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Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations, in the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, at the London School of Economics and is currently visiting professor at CIDOB, Barcelona, for 2004-05. Halliday is a former chairman of the Research Committee of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and is on the Advisory Council of the Foreign Policy Centre. "He has lectured widely on superpower relations, development issues, the Middle East and international-relations theory. As a leading authority on Middle Eastern affairs, Halliday speaks French, German, Spanish and Arabic." He is the author of numerous books, including The World at 2000, World Politics, and Two Hours That Shook the World. Six of his books have been translated into Arabic. [1][2][3][4][5]

Halliday is scholar and activist who has profound knowledge of the Middle East. His first hand knowledge is increasingly rare in Middle East studies departments. That is, few scholars who study the area immerse themselves or acquire deep understanding of the region. The new trends in ME studies are instrumental and don't require visiting the area. Furthermore, much of the area is now studied through the "terrorism" lens and thus further warping contemporary understanding of the Middle East.


  • Globalization & Sovereignty: "According to Halliday, the future of globalisation balances on the agreement between states. The success of factors such as the euro, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and perhaps more crucially the threat of interstate war, all rest on the relationship between states. One of the negative aspects of globalisation is the rise in inequality. Halliday discusses the significance of excluding more than 100 countries in the world from the global flow of investment." 2002.
  • On April 13, 2005, Halliday stated that there are perhaps 50 scholars in the UK with in depth knowledge of the Middle East, but that this number is rapidly declining. Furthermore, these scholars warned against the war against Iraq in 2003, but they weren't consulted by the UK gov't. The situation in the US is much the same, but with more pressure against independent scholars.

Biographical details

Fred Halliday was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1946. He studied at Queen's College, Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies, in London.

"A specialist on Middle Eastern affairs, with particular reference to Iran, Halliday speaks Arabic and Persian." Since 1983, he has been teaching International Relations at the London School of Economics. "He is an editorial associate of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), and a regular on ABC, BBC and CBC radio and TV broadcasts. TNI Fellow from 1975 until 2000, Halliday serves as an advisor on Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Eastern European matters." [6]Source:

fred halliday was born in Dundalk



  • Author:
  • 100 Myths About the Middle East, Saqi Books, 2005 ISBN 0520247205 (Hardback) / ISBN 0520247213 (Softback). Halliday's most recent book to be released in the US in September.
  • The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology, Cambridge University Press, 2005 ISBN 0521597412.
  • Revolution and Foreign Policy: The Case of South Yemen, 1967â??1987, Cambridge University Press, 2002 ISBN 0521891647 | ISBN 9780521891646 Softcover.
  • Two Hours That Shook the World: September 11, 2001: Causes and Consequences, Saqi Books, 2002 ISBN 0863563821.
  • The World at 2000, Palgrave McMillan, 2001 Softcover ISBN 0333945352 | Hardcover ISBN 0333945344.
  • Nation and Religion in the Middle East, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000 and Saqi Books ISBN 086356044X.
  • Revolution and World Politics: The Rise and Fall of the Sixth Great Power, Palgrave McMillan, 1999 ISBN 0333653289; Duke University Press, 1999 Softcover ISBN 0822324644.
  • 'Islam and the Myth of Confrontation. Religion and Politics in the Middle East, I.B. Tauris, 1996 ISBN 1860648681.
  • Does Islamic fundamentalism pose a threat to the West? (6-page booklet), report for Institute for Jewish Policy Research, 1996.
  • From Potsdam to Perestroika. Conversations with Cold Warriors, BBC Publications, London, 1995.
  • Rethinking International Relations, University of British Columbia Press, 1995 ISBN 0774805080.
  • Islam and the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East, I.B. Tauris, 1995 ISBN 1860648681; reprint 2004 Softcover ISBN 1850439591.
  • Rethinking International Relations. Realism and the Neoliberal Challenge, Palgrave McMillan, London, 1994 ISBN 033358905X.
  • Arabs in Exile. Yemeni Migrants in Urban Britain, I.B. Tauris, October 1992.
  • Cold War, Third World: Essays on Soviet-American Relations in the 1980's, Radius Books, 1991 ISBN 0091744407.
  • Revolutions and Foreign Policy. The Case of South Yemen, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • From Kabul to Managua: Soviet-American Relations in the 1980s, Pantheon Books, 1989 ISBN 0679726675.
  • European neutralism and Cold War politics (32-page booklet), Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, 1990 ISBN 0951276018.
  • Cold War, Third World. An Essay on Soviet-American Relations, Radius, London, 1989.
  • State and Ideology in the Middle East and Pakistan, MacMillan Education, 1988 ISBN 0333383079.
  • Beyond Irangate. The Reagan Doctrine and the Third World, TransNational Issues 1, TNI, 1987.
  • The Making of the Second World War, Verso, London, 1983 ISBN 0860917525.
  • The Ethiopian Revolution, with Maxime Molyneux, Verso Books, London, 1981 Softcover ISBN 086091741X; 1982 Hardcover ISBN 080527121X and ISBN 0860910431.
  • Threat from the East: Soviet Policy from Afghanistan and Iran to the Horn of Africa, Pelican Books Ltd, 1982 ISBN 0140224483.
  • Soviet Policy in the Arc of Crisis, TNI/IPS, June 1981 ISBN 0897580281.
  • Mercenaries in the Persian Gulf. Counter-insurgency in Oman, Russell Press, Nottingham, 1979.
  • Iran: Dictatorship and Development, Penguin Books Ltd, 1978 ISBN 0140220100.
  • Mercenaries: 'Counter-insurgency' in the Gulf, Spokesman Books, 1977 ISBN 0851241972.
  • Arabia without Sultans, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1974 ISBN 0863563813; reprint 2002.
  • Contributor:
  • "Islam is in danger. Authority, Rushdie and the Struggle for the Migrant Soul." In: Jochen Hippler and Andrea Leug (ed) The Next Threat. Western Perceptions of Islam, TNI/Pluto Press, London, 1995.
  • "The Siren of Nationalism." In: Chester Hartman and Pedro Vilanova (ed) Paradigms Lost. The Post Cold War Era, TNI/Pluto Press, London, 1992.
  • Editor:
  • Ideology in the Middle East and Pakistan with Hamza Alavi, Palgrave Macmillan, 1988 ISBN 0333383079.
  • Foreword or Introduction:
  • Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World by Mohammed M. Hafez, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004 ISBN 1588263029.
  • Iran Encountering Globalization: Problems and Prospects by Ali Mohammadi, RoutledgeCurzon, 2003 ISBN 0415308275.
  • Central Asia After the Empire by Yuriy G. Kulchik, Andrey V. Fadin, Victor M. Sergeev, Pluto Press Ltd, 1996 ISBN 0745310893.

Book Reviews

Articles & Commentary

Contact details

London School of Economics phone number: 020 7955 7389
Email: f.halliday AT

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Biographical Data


Articles & Commentary

  • Annual Report 2006, Transnational Institute, accessed January 4, 2008.