A. Phares, Professor of
Middle East Studies, Florida
Dr 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.
He practiced as a Lawyer in Beirut, served
as an analyst editorialist and was the publisher of several weeklies and
monthlies in Arabic, French and English (1982-1987). Worked with the
Kaslik University Research Committee and under intellectuals such as Fuad
Afram Bustany on Arab Islamic Civilization, Religious and Ethnic Conflict,
Minorities and Clash of Civilizations.
Published his celebrated book on the Clash
of Identities and Civilizations in Lebanon in 1979, followed by a number
of books and articles in the Arab and international press since 1980.
Engaged in public discussions with Islamic Fundamentalist and Arab
Nationalist intellectuals in the 1980s out of Beirut. Visited number of
countries in the Middle East and lectured worldwide (Europe, Brazil,
Uruguay, Cyprus, Canada).
Relocated to the United States in 1990,
where he taught at Florida International University, the University of
Miami then was hired by Florida Atlantic University. Teaches Middle East
Politics, History, Ethnic and Religious Conflict, Clash of Civilizations,
Islamic Fundamentalism, Human Rights, Nationalism.
Phares lectures on US campuses nationwide
and internationally including in London, Stockholm, Mexico, Paris, and
Rome. He published several books and articles including in the Middle East
Quarterly, Global Affairs, Journal of Middle East and South Asian Studies
and other specialized journals. He has been interviewed by national
networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CNBC, NBC, PBS, Discovery
Channel, C-Span, Abu Dhabi TV as well as local ABC, CBS, PBS, NBC and
others. He appears on European, South Asian and Latin American outlets and
is a frequent contributor to US and international radio programs
Phares expertise covers Islamic
Fundamentalism, the Jihadic Movements and strategies worldwide,
Arab-Israeli Conflict, Human Rights under Islamic Regimes, ethnic
minorities, women, and democratic processes within the Muslim world,
Terrorism, as well as the Clash of Civilization.
He has served as an analyst of the ongoing
conflict since September 11 with regards to Bin Laden ideology, strategy,
al-Qaida, Taliban, regional and local Jihadic groups, as well as Militant
Islamists within the West. Phares analyses the surge and development of
those movements in the Muslim world as well as within the West and South
He testified to the US Senate, conducted
Congressional briefings and lectured to State officials on Terrorism,
Religious Conflict and Ethnic Coexsitence.
Phares serves as an academic advisor to
several Western-based Human Rights and minority groups within the Muslim
He has served as an expert on
Fundamentalism with the US Government.
Phares conducts an ongoing monitoring of
the Jihad movement worldwide and an updated analysis of al-Jazeera TV.
He is currently a Terrorism analyst and
Mideast expert with MSNBC-CNBC-NBC.