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Professor Walid Phares is a Senior Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to Governor Mitt Romney, author of The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East and the founder of the Florida Society for Middle East Studies. He received his PhD in international studies from the University of Miami, and was a professor at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University between 1993 and 2006.

ARTICLES BY: Walid Phares

May 7, 2014 3:24 pm

Obama’s Strategic Mistake in Iraq: Abandoning Iran’s Opposition

It has already been established, including in my recently published book The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid, that...

April 28, 2014 9:42 am

The Khomeinist Dome: Iran’s True Nuclear Intentions

As a reader of Khomeinist global strategies since the early 1980s, and as I have argued over decades in books and articles, Tehran's regime possesses...

March 9, 2014 9:30 am

U.S. Policy and Avoiding Catastrophes in the Middle East

This month, my book The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid will be in libraries across America and online. This...

March 2, 2014 2:53 pm

The ‘Iran Deal’ is Washington’s Gravest Foreign Policy Mistake

The Obama Administration, in its first and second terms, has committed strategic mistakes in the Middle East that will undermine U.S. national and security interests...

January 19, 2014 1:40 pm

Miracle on the Nile

A miracle on the Nile has been accomplished recently. Tens of millions of Egyptian citizens from all walks of life, Muslims and Christians, conservatives and...

December 24, 2013 1:14 am

Save South Sudan, or Lose Africa

South Sudan is the newest country in the world, and unfortunately it seems to be on the edge of the newest civil war in the...

September 16, 2013 9:09 am

A Real Interim Solution for Syria

In the northeastern part of Syria—contiguous to Iraq and Turkey—lies al Hasaka, or the Triangle, also known as al Jazeera province. As large as Lebanon, this...

July 10, 2013 6:32 am

The Nile of Democracy Will Flood Egypt’s Jihadists

As soon as the Egyptian military asked President Mohammed Morsi to step down and dismantle his Muslim Brotherhood regime, millions in the streets of Cairo...

June 18, 2013 8:40 am

U.S. and Syria: Strategic Choices

Two years and three months after the start of the Syrian revolution and its subsequent transformation into a full-fledged civil war, the United States stands...

May 22, 2013 9:17 am

U.S. Administration Wrongly Advocates the Islamist Interpretation of Islamophobia

The State Department issued a report denouncing what it called "a spike in anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and Asia." It said that "Muslims...

April 8, 2013 1:54 am

The AP Capitulates to the Muslim Brotherhood on Narrative

In a stunning move, the Associated Press (AP) capitulated to pressures by Islamist group CAIR to drop the use of the term "Islamist"...

March 11, 2013 8:51 am

Senior al-Qaeda Veteran Captured, Successors Roam Planet

Earlier this week, Americans learned about the arrest and extradition to the US of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a former al-Qaeda spokesman during the attacks on...

March 3, 2013 3:42 pm

US Aid to Syria’s Revolution Not Just to the Jihadists

Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal of $60 million in aid to the Syrian Opposition Council was met with skepticism by some backers of the...

February 18, 2013 12:10 am

Obama Abstract on the Middle East, Admits Jihadi Expansion, Ignores Taliban After 2014

In his State of the Union speech of 2013, President Barack Obama addressed several crises in the Middle East and on the front of fighting...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...