“Walid Phares has long been among the most knowledgeable and incisive scholars of the Middle East – its peoples, its cultures, its religions, and its radical movements”
- U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I) Connecticut
"In his book The Coming Revolution: The Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, Walid Phares shows the free world the real aspirations of the peoples in the Middle East. We cannot ignore the deep desire for freedom by women, youth and minorities in the region. They are the anti-Jihadist majority we need to engage and work with as partners. Phares makes their case clear…”
- U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick, member Intelligence Committee and chairwoman, US House Caucus on Counter Terrorism
Walid Phares is the leading expert on the war of ideas between Jihadism and democracy”
- Alireza Jafarzadeh, Fox News analyst and author of The Iran Threat
"In his definitive book, The Coming Revolution: The Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East Professor Walid Phares is shedding a bright light on the fate of all oppressed peoples of the region, particularly the minorities such as Copts, Kurds, Berbers, Africans, women and others. Phares vanguard work will mark a benchmark in Middle East studies. It will give hope for a better, freer future to the region, and the world"
- Dr. Jacob Keryakes, NBC Senior Arabic Expert
“Walid Phares is a daring historian. He plays towards the Arab and Muslim world the role of Russian thinker Andrei Amalrik towards the Soviet Union: Speaking the truth”
- Professor Jean Aucagne, Saint Joseph University, Beirut
Walid Phares’ Coming Revolution is a prediction to social and political change which will change the face of the Middle East, and the future of the Planet. Phares is reading us the future
-Magdi Khalil, Egyptian Journalist, Elaph, Middle East Democracy Forum, Cairo
About the Author
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.