On Friday, November 30, 2012, Professor Walid Phares, Adviser to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Legislative Group, discussed "The Arab Spring in 2013: Where is it heading next in its third year?" at The Institute of World Politics. Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Research Fellow for IWP's Center for Culture and Security, also shared some thoughts on Iran.
This event was sponsored by the Center for Culture and Security, and was introduced by Dr. Juliana Pilon, who heads the Center.
Dr. Walid Phares discusses "The Arab Spring in 2013" from The Institute of World Politics on Vimeo.
Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy
Professor Walid Phares serves as an adviser to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007 and is a co-secretary general of the Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism, a Euro-American Caucus, since 2009. He briefs and testifies to the U.S. Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations Security Council on matters related to international security and Middle East conflict. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Task Force on Future Terrorism of the Department of Homeland Security in 2006-2007 as well as on the Advisory Task force on Nuclear Terrorism in 2007. He lectures at defense and national security institutions and serves as a consultant on international affairs in the private sector. He has published 12 books in English, Arabic and French on the Middle East and international terrorism, including the latest three post 9/11 volumes: Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against the West; The War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy and The Confrontation: Winning the War Against Future Jihad. His most recent book (December 2010) isThe Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East projected the uprisings in the region before they occurred. 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 Master's 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, writes columns weekly and is frequently interviewed in international, European, Russian and Arab media.