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How long will the war on terror last?
Can it be won? How do the terrorists view and exploit Western weaknesses? How do we prepare for future terrorist attacks? What form might those attacks take? What are the most effective counterterrorist strategies? What is the current state of Jihad around the globe? What is “mutant Jihadism,” how dangerous is it, and what can be done to stop it?

When governments and media need answers to these and other questions, they turn to Dr. Walid Phares, a world-renowned Middle East expert whose advice and counsel has been sought for the past two decades by officials from the United States, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Great Britain, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. A professor of Middle East Studies and a native Arabic speaker who is fluent in French, Dr. Phares played an important role in the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559, which called for Syria to end its occupation of Lebanon. As an FDD senior fellow, Dr. Phares regularly conducts briefings for the European Parliament and Commission, the U.N. Security Council, foreign governments, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security. Dr. Phares is the author of nine books on the Middle East, including the Foreign Affairs best-seller, Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West, published in 2006, and The War of Ideas: Jihad Against Democracy, published in 2007, and The Confrontation, Winning the War Against Future Jihad, published in 2008.

Dr. Phares reaches millions of people as a terrorism analyst for Fox News and through radio and television appearances around the world, including the BBC, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, and Alhurra. He writes frequently for academic publications and newspapers, including Global Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2006, FDD established the Future of Terrorism Project (FTP) with Dr. Phares as its director. The FTP examines the strategies that will be needed to defeat the new and more lethal strains of terrorism that threaten the United States and the Free World. While the program expands the world’s knowledge of the terrorism threat through its research and analysis, Dr. Phares and project members also consult and work cooperatively with officials worldwide to develop defenses against this terrorism.

The Future of Terrorism Project holds conferences with experts offering a broad spectrum of expertise from government, academia, and the international policy community. FDD’s partner organization, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), acts as the FTP liaison with the European Union and individual European governments.


Dr. Walid Phares


“The work of Professor Walid Phares is a beacon that helps us to see and understand the extent of the Jihadist threat the world is facing.”

— Former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar




In the Media
Print & Online
Tunisia Vulnerable to Forces Against Democracy, NewsMax.com (01/20/2011)
The United States, France, and Their Allies Cannot Allow Terror Group Hezbollah to Deny Justice to the People of Lebanon, Fox News Channel (01/15/2011)
Neutrality Will Not Shield Sweden From Terrorism, The Daily Caller (01/04/2011)
Democracy in The Middle East?, The Washington Post (12/02/2010)
Prosecute Hezbollah, The Wall Street Journal Europe (11/08/2010)

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Secure Freedom Radio, Syndicated (01/12/2011)
America's Newsroom, Fox News Channel (01/12/2011)
News Update, France 24 (01/10/2011)
News Update, al Arabiya (01/10/2011)
The World Over, EWTN News (01/06/2011)

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Al Qaeda Strengthening in North-West Africa, quoted by Ben Evansky, Fox News (12/17/2010)
Former Defense IG Raises Concerns About Military Chaplain Vetting, quoted by Jana Winter, FoxNews (12/01/2010)
Militant al-Shabab Fighters Bear Down on Somali Capital Mogadishu, quoted by Mariama Diallo, Voice of America (09/02/2010)
Profile: Hassan Nasrallah, quoted by Eben Kaplan, Council on Foreign Relations (08/11/2010)
Radical Islamist Group Is Returning to Chicago for Major Recruitment Drive, quoted by Diane Macedo, FoxNews.com (06/18/2010)

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International Media
News Update, RT Arabic (12/22/2010)
News Update, Egypt TV Arabic (12/22/2010)
News Update, France 24 (12/04/2010)
News Update, BBC Arabic (12/04/2010)
News Update, France 24 (12/01/2010)

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President's Notes
Notes & Comments (11/23/2004)
Notes & Comments (10/19/2004)

Press Releases
Dr. Walid Phares to Speak at the EPP Conference in Vienna On "Transatlantic Strategies to Counter Terror" (10/13/2009)
Dr. Walid Phares to participate in Trans-Atlantic Legislative Summit on Counter Terrorism (09/17/2009)
Congressional Letter Puts Focus on Struggle for Freedom in Advance of Presidential Address in Egypt (06/01/2009)
Religious Freedom Day on the Hill (06/16/2006)
FDD Middle East Expert Walid Phares Visits Europe to Discuss Iran, Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Future (01/27/2006)

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Briefings and Testimonies
Looking at the President's Assessment of the Iraq Campaign (04/01/2008)
Bin Laden's Threat Uncovers Jihadist Message for Europe (03/20/2008)

Studies and Monographs
9/11: Eight Years Later, National Security Policy Proceedings (05/21/2010)

Publication Archive
Immediate Attention to the Dangerous Developments in Lebanon, Web site: http://www.wlcu.com/ (03/07/2005)
After the Hariri Assassination: Syria, Lebanon, and U.S. Policy (03/03/2005)
Analysis: The Attack in Kabul, a Message to New York (08/29/2004)

Dr. Walid Phares participating in Victory Coalition Conference Call
January 21, 2011
Dr. Walid Phares speaks about major security and terror challenges to the US
December 17, 2010
Dr. Walid Phares speaks about his new book at the Heritage Foundation
December 14, 2010
Dr. Walid Phares spoke about US/EU New Cooperation issues on Security at the Seminar of European Ideas Network
June 22, 2010
Dr. Walid Phares to speak about Homegrown Terrorism at The National Committee on American Foreign Policy
June 7, 2010

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From the Blogs

Iran's Global Terrorist Reach, Counterterrorism Blog (07/10/2010)
The Gaza Flotilla Decoy for Iranian Missiles to Hezbollah?, Counterterrorism Blog (06/02/2010)
Ignoring al Qaeda' s ideology is a threat to US national security, Counterterrorism Blog (05/28/2010)
Ten Years ago, Hezbollah takes over South Lebanon, Counterterrorism Blog (05/23/2010)
US national security is targeted by al Qaeda and Iran' s strategic threats, Counterterrorism Blog (05/22/2010)

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Andrew C. McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor and a Contributor at National Review Online. From 1993 through 1996, while an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he led the prosecution against the jihad organization of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, in which a dozen Islamic militants were convicted of conducting a war of urban terrorism against the United States...more

Claudia Rosett to Speak at Cornell University on North Korea and Iran
February 28, 2011 —

Freedom and Free Societies at Cornell University presents

"From Axis of Evil to Partners in Proliferation: North Korea and Iran"

Claudia Rosett, Journalist-in-Residence, Foundation for Defense of Democracies 

110 Rockefeller Hall



From The Corner, NRO: A Realistic Democracy Project by Andrew C. McCarthy, 02/24/2011
John Bolton’s essay in Standpoint (flagged in the NRO web briefing) is terrific...more

From The Corner, NRO: More on the Saudi Jihadist Arrested in Texas by Andrew C. McCarthy, 02/24/2011
Dan, the Justice Department has put out a press release describing what is in the arrest complaint on which Khalid Ali-M...more

From The Weekly Standard Blog: The Libyan Terrorist: Muammar Qaddafi  by Thomas Joscelyn, 02/24/2011
It is not surprising to see Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi use any and all means, including the most savage violence, to hold onto power...more