Dr. Walid Phares | A Dynamic Speaker And Pacesetter On The Middle East, Terrorism And US National Security

Dr. Walid Phares

A Dynamic Speaker And Pacesetter On The Middle East, Terrorism And US National Security

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Dr. Walid Phares

Dr. Phares is an engaging and highly sought after Middle East and foreign policy expert and pacesetter, often predicting trends and situations on the ground years before they occur. He has been a Fox News Terrorism Expert, and has appeared on world and national media, including BBC, CNN, NBC, France 24, al Arabiya, al Jazeera, and has been widely published in many countries.

He has served as an advisor to the US Congress and the European Parliament and has also served as an advisor on foreign policy to former President Donald Trump and a national security senior advisor to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. Dr Phares is the only expert/author who predicted the Arab Spring a year before it occurred in his pacesetting book, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East (Threshold, a division of Simon and Shuster 2010). His book Future Jihad: Terrorist strategies has predicted the spread of the Jihadi ideology worldwide and his other book "The Lost Spring" has accurately predicted Iran and Jihadists strategies.

Dr Phares holds an extensive CV and noteworthy achievements in the fields of academia, government strategies, media and publishing critical advice on combatting terrorism and countering jihadi radicalization both stateside and abroad.

He holds a Ph.D in international relations and strategic studies from the University of Miami, and a Political Science Degree from St Joseph University and a Law degree from the Lebanese University in Beirut and a Master in International Law from Universite' Jean Moulin in Lyons, France.

Dr Phares taught political science and Middle East studies at Florida Atlantic University between 1993 and 2004. Since 2006, he taught Global Jihadi strategies at the National Defense University in Washington DC, and was Vice President of BAU private university in Washington DC until 2018. Dr Phares lectures on campuses nationwide and internationally, including at the US Intelligence University. He lectured at Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Columbia, University of Chicago, Pepperdine, Boston College, Brandeis, UC Berkley, University of Colorado at Boulder, Loyola New Orleans, UC Santa Barbara, and many others including Ecole Militaire of France in Paris. Dr Phares lectures also to various academic associations including the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa in Washington DC and Middle East American ethnic organizations.

After having authored six books on Middle East politics and history (in Arabic) in the 1980s, Dr Phares authored another six in English stateside since the mid 1990s. His most important volumes were published after 9/11 starting with Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and a critically acclaimed book that was ranked in the top ten books of the 2006 Foreign Affairs List. Future Jihad was read and cited by many members of Congress and the European Parliament. Dr Phares predicted the rise of jihadi urban networks and set forth strategies to counter them in the West and overseas. Dr Phares published two more books on global strategies: The War of Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) explaining the ideological indoctrination and The Confrontation a policy strategy book designed to isolate radicals. In 2014 he published The Lost Spring: Avoiding Catastrophes in US Foreign Policy. And last year Dr Phares published "The Choice" a comparative analysis of the Obama, Trump and Biden agendas in world politics.

Media and colleagues alike, rave about Phares's hallmark book, which predicted the Arab Spring a year before it occurred: The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East (Simon and Shuster, 2010). The book was endorsed by US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and praised by many leading figures in Congress, political circles and media on both sides of the Atlantic.

For almost two decades Dr Phares led seminars and trained analysts and officials at several US national security, defense and counter terrorism agencies. He also addressed international officers from two dozens countries on terrorism and conflicts.

Dr Walid Phares is a native of Beirut, Lebanon, and immigrated to the United States in 1990. He speaks fluent Arabic and French as well as English. Prior to moving stateside, Dr Phares was a student union leader, a lawyer, a publisher, a university professor, and founded a social-democratic party, which he represented in several political coalitions.

Dr. Walid Phares
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The Arab Spring and Iran in 2013
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In a master lecture at the Institute of World Politics IWP, Professor Walid Phares projected the state of the Arab Spring for 2013. Phares, who has been teaching Middle East studies since 1992 in Florida and Washington and who has authored a dozen books on the region in multiple languages, has published the only book that predicted the Arab Spring of 2011, before it happened, that is in 2010. The title of the book is 'The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East". Professor Phares serves as an advisor to the US Congress and to members of the European Parliament since 2008 and briefs US and European Governments on Terrorism, ideologies and conflicts. In his IWP lecture Phares demonstrated that the West in general and the US in particular were not prepared to project the Arab Spring. They failed to see it coming and they are failing in identifying the positive forces of the upheavals. Worse, Phares argued, the US is partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood and unable to contain the Iranian regime with the current sanctions. Phares projected trends for Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Sahel, Sudan, Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for 2013. This lecture is a trend analysis aimed at providing guiding thoughts for students, faculty, diplomats, media, lawmakers and analysts. It also helps the public better understand the evolution of crises in the region.

Phares on FBC
"Benghazi's facts were blocked to avoid a larger discussion on US policy in Libya and the Arab Spring"

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Channel Dr Walid Phares, author of 'The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East" said: "The Administration said after the attack in Banghazi we didn't know what was happening, who was behind it and what were their motives. But if this was the case why would the Administration assert that the attack took place as a reaction to a video. What prompted that assessment, who was behind it and why?" Phares added: "it seems that the reason why the information about Benghazi's Terror attack was blocked has to do with avoiding a much bigger discussion, a debate about US Policy in Libya and who did we partner with in the Arab Spring."

Phares to "Real News"
Copts and liberals are shocked by US partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood"

In an interview with 'Real News' on Blaze TV, Dr Walid Phares, author of 'The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad' said "a majority of Egyptians is not Islamist but a strong ideological minority of Brotherhood and Salafists controls the political microphone, including media and mosques, thus impacts polling in Egypt." Phares added Egyptian liberals and Copts are shocked that the Obama Administration is partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood and giving them prominence and support."

Other Topics

  • The Arab Spring, The Islamist Winter and its Future
  • The Secular Reformists In The Middle East: Our New Hope?
  • The Iranian Threat and Hezbollah
  • The Syrian Civil War
  • Egypt and The Muslim Brotherhood
  • The Arab Israeli Conflict and The Gaza Hamas Wars
  • Al Qaeda and The Taliban
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Terrorism Inside the United States
  • The War of Ideas
  • Christian Minorities In The Middle East
  • Women In The Arab World
  • US Homeland Security: The Homegrown Terror Threat
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