Talk:Walid Phares

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Walid Phares is a right-wing "terrorism" analyst who often appears as an expert on TV chat shows. In 2011, he was listed as a national security advisor to Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential hopeful.[1]

He is featured as a speaker by Benador Associates where his biography states:

Walid Phares is a Professor of Middle East Studies, Ethnic and Religious Conflict, and an expert on Political Islam, Jihad and the Clash of Civilizations.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Walid Phares was educated at the Jesuit and Lebanese Universities of Beirut where he obtained degrees in Law and Political Science as well as certificates 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.[2]

Walid Phares is a professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University and a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington DC. He is a terrorism analyst with MSNBC and NBC and often appears as an expert on TV chat shows, including on Fox News, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and the US-run al Hurra propaganda channel. He is a frequent guest of radio talk shows.[3] In the mid-1980s he was the Washington lobbyist for the Lebanese Phalange party.

In 2004, Phares contributed US$1,000 to the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. [4]

Checkered history

Prof. As'ad AbuKhalil comments about Phares:

"Terrorism Expert" (former comander of the Labanese Forces militia, although that is stricken out of his c.v.)[5]


  • The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad (2008), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0230603890.
  • The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy (2007), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1403976392.
  • Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America (November 2005), Palgrave/St Martins, ISBN 1403970742.
  • Lebanese Christian Nationalism (1995), Lynne Rienner Publishers, ISBN 1555875351.
  • al Thawra al Iraniya al islamiyaal sharq, 1987
  • Hiwar Dimucrati, Tagamoh, 1981
  • Pluralism Kasleek University, 1979
  • wrote foreword to Syria, the United States, And the War on Terror in the Middle East by Robert G. Rabil (2006).

Walid Phares's articles regularly appear in which is a neocon magazine founded by neocon activist David Horowitz. [6]



External links

  • Phares bio at Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Benador Associates:


  1. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Romney's indiscreet adviser, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2011.
  2. [1]
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  8. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Romney's indiscreet adviser, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2011.
  9. Ahmad, ibid.
  10. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Romney's indiscreet adviser, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2011.
  11. [7] A group dedicated to removing Syrian influence from Lebanon, and pursuing the "jihadists".
  12. NB: this group produced a smearing film aimed at undermining the MEALAC professors at Columbia Univ. They have targeted Josheph Massad and Rashid Khalidi among others.Speakers
  13. Fikra Forum: Contributors (Accessed: 11 February 2012)
  14. [8]
  15. [9]
  16. Who's Involved, Save Iraqi Christians, accessed August 10, 2008.

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I put this on the talk page, because the data, although extremely troubling, as well as possible, hasn't been sourced to my satisfaction. Still, because I did not find any strongly dispositive sources either, I feel it should be mentioned here.

I recently browsed wikipedia Phares stub's history and ran across a record, which lasted approx. 7hrs before being excised. Neither of the two edits were done by individuals using a wikipedia account. The addition was done from a San Jose dsl line, and the excise edit was from a Miami, fla dsl line, and the comment justifying the removal was simply 'nonsense'.

The additional data stated

"Walid Phares has had a long and close relationship with the Guardians of the Cedar, a pro-Israel Lebanese militia. The group, which in 1976 led the massacre of at least 3,000 Palestinian men, women, and children at the Tel al-Za'atar refugee camp near Beirut (and continues to call the massacre a "cleansing"), is labeled “an extremist Christian group” by the US State Department. The Congressional Research Service labels them an 'extremist Maronite militia and terrorist organization.'"

Antiwar dot com has an article, by Ismail Royer written on September 26, 2002, which offers better cited sllegations, which are substantially the same. Royer is presently serving twenty years for violating the neutrality act, and supplying weapons to Pakistani Kashmiri rebels.

Ah, the was uniformative, although in my view slightly favoring the argument that Phares was an active in the Lebanese Phalangist movement.

--hugh_manateee 11:21, 27 Apr 2006 (EDT)