Dr. Walid Phares
Dr. Walid Phares is the Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter Terrorism (TAG), a caucus of members of the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament. Dr. Phares briefs and testifies to U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations Security Council on matters related to international security, democracy, and Middle East conflicts. He lectures at defense and national security institutions and serves as a consultant on international affairs in the private sector.
Dr. Phares served as Foreign Policy adviser to President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign and as Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's senior National Security adviser during the 2011-2012 campaign. He was as an adviser to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House of Representatives from 2008-2013; additionally, he served on the Advisory Board of the Task Force on Future Terrorism of the Department of Homeland Security in 2006-2007 and the Advisory Task Force on Nuclear Terrorism in 2007.
Dr. Phares taught global strategies at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. from 2006-2012 and Middle East studies and Comparative Politics at Florida Atlantic University from 1993-2004.
He has published twelve books in English, Arabic and French on the Middle East and international terrorism, including several post 9/11 volumes: "Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against the West" 2005; "The War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy" 2007, "The Confrontation: Winning the War Against Future Jihad" 2008. And "The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East" 2010 which projected the uprisings in the region before they occurred later in 2011. Phares' latest book is "The Lost Spring: US Foreign Policy and the Catastrophes to Avoid," which predicted the rise of ISIS and the Iran deal strategies.
Dr. Phares was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and emigrated to the U.S. in 1990. He has degrees in law and political sciences from St. Joseph University in Beirut, a masters degree in international public law from the Universite de Lyons in France and a Ph.D in international and strategic studies from the University in Miami, Florida. He speaks Arabic, French and English fluently, and appears frequently on international and Arab media. He has been a Fox News contributor since 2007, where he currently serves as National Security and Foreign Affairs expert.