Walid Phares
Fox News Terrorism Analyst

Dr. Walid Phares is a Senior Fellow and the director for Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington and a Visiting Fellow with the European Foundation for Democracies in Brussels.  He is Fox News Terrorism and Middle East Expert; previously, her served as MSNBC-NBC Terrorism Analyst.


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 D.C.  He has served as an analyst to governments, international organizations, NGO’s and other groups on ongoing world conflicts.
Professor Phares lectures on campuses around the globe, including in London, Stockholm, Brussels, Strasbourg, Mexico, Geneva, Paris, Lisbon, Sao Paolo, Montreal, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Nicosia and Beirut. He published several books and articles including in the Middle East Quarterly, Global Affairs, Journal of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Journal of International Security Affairs, Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, Homeland Security Today, and other specialized journals.
He frequently briefs the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and Commission, and the UN Security Council, as well as to US State Department and other foreign ministries worldwide.


Since 1979, Dr. Phares has published ten books on Middle East Conflicts and International Terrorism. His first post 9/11 book, Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America, was a Foreign Affairs best seller in 2006.  He has since authored The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy and The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad.
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.  He practiced law in Beirut, served as an analyst editorialist and was the publisher of several weeklies and monthlies in Arabic, French and English.

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The Confrontation
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Praise for The War of Ideas "Phares . . . is a voice of calm and reason. . . . Provocative reading." 
--Kirkus 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

"This book is a 'must read' for those who want to understand the jihad radical Islamists are waging against democracies. Walid Phares has a gift for being able to identify the root causes of the war and what the West and the free world must do to prevail." 
--Oliver North, host of Fox News' War Stories