Walid Phares

Professor Walid Phares is a Senior Fellow and the director for Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington (2001-2009). He is also a Visiting Fellow with the European Foundation for Democracies in Brussels (2006-2009). He is Fox News Terrorism and Middle East Expert since 2007 and has been MSNBC-NBC Terrorism Analyst from 2003 to the end of 2006. Professor Phares has been an advisor to the US House of Representatives Caucus on Counter Terrorism since 2007 and to the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism since 2008.

He teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University in Washington DC since 2006 and he has been a Professor of Middle East Studies, Ethnic and Religious Conflict at the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) from 1993 to 2006. Professor Phares has also been a senior lecturer on the War on Terror and Global Conflicts at the LLS Program of FAU and the IRP Program at the University of Miami. Previously he taught at Florida International University and at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Professor Phares lectures on US campuses, nationwide, and internationally including in London, Stockholm, Brussels, Strasbourg, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, Lisbon, Sao Paolo, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Nicosia and Beirut. He testifies to and conducts briefings at the US Congress, the European Parliament and Commission, and the UN Security Council, as well as to US State Department and other foreign ministries worldwide and to officials on Counter Terrorism in Europe and the United States.

Dr Phares also lectures to and advise the US Departments of Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security on academic research on Terrorism. He has served as an expert on Terrorism with the US and European Governments since 2003. Dr Phares serves as an academic advisor to several Human Rights and minority groups.

Since 1979, Dr Phares has published ten books on Middle East Conflicts and International Terrorism.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Dr Walid Phares was educated at St Joseph and the Lebanese Universities of Beirut where he obtained degrees in Law and Political Science as well as a certificate in Sociology. He obtained a Masters in International Law from the Universite de Lyons in France and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Miami.

Books by this Author

Now available in paperback, a riveting discussion about the continual struggles of the Middle East to reach freedom and democracy. After the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004 that the U.S. was engaged in a war with terrorists and never realized it, they reasoned that, in effect, Americans were simply unable to fathom that there were people who hated and opposed our democracy with such ferocity. But after billions of dollars and almost a decade fighting a war in the Middle East, will we miss the...


The revolution is coming, according to Dr. Phares...

The untold story of the struggle that will determine if the Middle East can at last reach freedom and democracy in this century.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Seek and spread knowledge

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That my ideas are suppressed and my work is in vain

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Hearing or seeing someone eat loudly and disrespecfully

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Happiness is a state of mind which can happen from time to time; if a moment you longed for has materialized; an idea you struggled for has been accepted; a challenge has been met successfully; a person you love loves you back; your family is reunited; nature thrills you; you have saved/helped someone; you have achieved a dream; you have dodged or recovered a loss; you have defeated a disease; you have children and you see them succeed in life; you have reached freedom after years in oppression and many other similar joys. The perfect happiness is when life provides you with all of the above blessings or at least with most of them

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. An eagle to fly freely and see the world from above

Author Voices

January 04, 2011

On Imus on the Coming Revolution: "The surge by weak people against the Jihadists is coming, we need to help them"
Professor Walid Phares on Imus in the Morning on Fox News Business Channel on his new book the Coming Revolution, Struggle for Freedom inthe Middle East: "The surge by weak people, moms, workers, NGOs, artists and others against the Jihadists and authoritarians is coming, we need to help these segments of civil societies." [ Visit Website ]
Dec 8, 2010, 17:36

On Fox News on "The Coming... see more

December 13, 2010

To Fox News on "The Coming Revolution": "We need to partner with Iran's civil society against the regime"
Professor Walid Phares to Fox News Live on his new book "The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East": "We need to partner with Iran's civil society, its women, workers, students and minorities against the regime, its Pasdaran and Ayatollahs." [ Visit Website ]

see more

December 13, 2010

To Free Iraq: "Iraq's chapter in the Coming Revolution will influence future democracy in the region"
Professor Walid Phares to Free Iraq: "Iraq's chapter in my new book 'the Coming Revolution' shows the influence of Iraq's experiment will have on the future democracy in the region." [ Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2010, 15:43

On Iraq al Hur: "Iran, Lebanon, Sudan and the Kabyles will lead... see more

November 22, 2010

Since the end of the Ottoman Empire, through the many conflicts of the Twentieth Century, the Middle East and North Africa have undergone two countervailing trends: the rise of authoritarian regimes and radical political groups, and the growth of resistance movements struggling against them for greater autonomy.

In my new book, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, I take readers on a grand tour of these forces and show how they continue to shape the region today.

On the one hand are Syria’s Baath Party, Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabis and Iran’s Khomeinists, along with radical organizations... see more

Walid Phares on the Web