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The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East Hardcover – December 7, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


“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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; 1St Edition edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439178372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439178379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Baxter VINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
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I have been looking for a book like this for some time. Walid Phares' decades of experience and scholarship are evident on every page of this extensive analysis of freedom seekers in the so-called Arab or Muslim world. The author quickly and convincingly establishes the desire of many in the Middle East, the Levant, and North Africa for self-determination. Many Americans see these areas of the world as uniform in their extremsim. Phares confronts this misconception head on and uses many concrete examples. The discussion is introduced in the beginning chapters addressing why the expansion of freedoms that we saw after the defeat of the soviet union did not occur in areas dominated by Arab and Islamic dictators. Phares does much to dispel the idea that the average citizen on the street does not want to be free. The author makes a convincing case that it is what he calls a "brotherhood against democracy" driven by absolute dictators flush with petrodollars which oppress their own citizens and prevent anything resembling human rights. I was aware of the influence of petroleum money in the western world's politics and academia but was nevertheless shocked at the depth and power of its tentacles in shaping policy toward and understanding of these troubled areas of the world. Our own money is used by the world's worst dictators and human rights violators to veil our understanding of the plight of people under the boot of these evil men. Phares gives extensive specific examples of the hand-in-glove relationship between regime petrodollars and the west's blunted reaction to the horrors perpetrated in these places.

The Kindle version is well formatted with linked table of contents, bibliographical references, and chapter jump. My own version has highlights galore.
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This book is prophetic. It was published some months before this current mess in the region got started. At this writing, Egypt's Mubarak has been overthrown peacefully, Syrians are rioting and being murdered. Saudi Arabia has invaded Bahrain to aid its government put down of protests and Libya is a complete cluster screw.

Examining the forces for and against democracy and freedom in the region, Mr. Phares has tried to project what will happen. From Jihadists in Egypt to Kurds in Iraq, no oppressed group is left unexamined and no issue unturned.

I think we can expect more intrigue from Phares in the future.
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Walid Phares is an insightful resource for people seeking to understand the nature of the Middle Eastern conflicts. He addresses the historic, religious and societal roots, points out events where opportunities to assist freedom-seeking Iranians were squandered, and suggests possible avenues for Western nations to assist the peoples of that region seeking peace and stability.

He is a "voice in the wilderness," whose clear-eyed, clearly stated observations and input falls on the deaf ears of the current administration, as the President and Secretary of State pursue policies consistent with Islamists' efforts to set the world stage for the actualization of the Caliphate doctrine. The world needs to listen to, and learn from this courageous scholar.
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This book is highly recommended for anyone concerned with what is occurring in the middle east today. The author is one of the foremost experts and is written from the Muslim perspective. Unbiased and accurate
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Other reviews have well said that Walid Phares is a prophetic voice, so this review goes beyond their praise, which I heartily share, to review his prophetic idea.

In a series of 3 books (2006, 2008, 2010) about the war for democracy, Walid Phares described a growing Middle East brotherhood against democracy. In this book, the one from 2010, he speaks vividly about the war as a triangle, in which the anti-democratic brotherhood infiltrates Western democracies while it suppresses Middle Eastern opponents of autocracy. Phares says apologists in the West, funded by the West's oil dependency, inhibit support for democratic oppositions, which are then too weak to succeed against autocracies. Since 2011, we see those oppositions trying and failing as that prophecy comes true.

After reading the entire 2010 book, Preface, Introduction, and detailed chapters, there is also an Afterword from which I took the title for this review. "The Big Or" comes from a prophetic sentence in which Phares captures the whole war: either the brotherhood against democracy turns the entire Middle East into a Caliphate which then terrorizes the West into surrender, or nations in the Middle East revolt and blossom into democracies. Then follow prophetic visions for nations whose coming revolutions were given clear origins in chapters, with a final chapter about 2010 opposition leaders in exile and in countries.

One chapter reveals why Phares senses more urgency than our diplomats. He left Lebanon in October 1990 shortly after the Syrian army occupied the remaining free area of Lebanon and began killing the democratic opposition. Syrian occupation of Lebanon was accepted by America, in order to have Syria in the coalition ending Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.
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