Walid Phares Biography
Walid Phares is an American Foreign Policy Expert, Author, Professor, Advisor, and conservative/scholar political pundit known for FOX News commentary and for being the presidential campaign adviser of Donald Trump and Mitt Romney in the years 2016 and 2012, respectively.
Phares is also known for working as a commentator on the Middle East and terrorism for NBC for 3 years (2003 – 2006). He has been a FOX commentator since the year 2007. Phares has been working for Newsmax Media, Inc. as a Foreign Policy Analyst since April 2022. Since the year 2008, he has been serving the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group in Washington as the Co-Secretary General. He has also been working for Mideast Newswire LLC in Washington as the president since February 2011. Phares is also the Co-Sec General of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group. He loves nature and is an avid lover of animals.
Walid Phares Age
Phares is 65 years old as of 2022. He was born on December 24, 1957, in Batroun, Lebanon. He celebrates his birthday on the 24th of December every year.
Walid Phares Height
Phares stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).
Walid Phares Family
Phares was born to his loving parents whose names are unknown. He was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and in Batroun District, a village of Ghouma. Phares emigrated to the U.S. in the year 1990. There is no information regarding whether Phares has any siblings or not.
Walid Phares Wife
Phares seems to be single at the moment. He has not identified whether he is dating or engaged/married to anyone. There are also no rumors of him having dated anyone in the past. However, there will be an update as soon as any information about his dating is available.
Walid Phares Net Worth
Phares has an annual estimated net worth ranging from $1 Million – $5 Million, which he earns through his career as a Foreign Policy Expert, Author, Professor, Advisor, and conservative/scholar political pundit.
Walid Phares Education
Phares is a proud graduate of Lebanese University in Beirut and Saint Joseph University, where he obtained Bachelor of Arts Degrees in sociology, political science, and law, from the 2 universities. She practiced law in Beirut, Lebanon after graduating from Lebanese University. Phares is also an alumnus of Jean Moulin University (University of Lyon) Law school in France, where he earned a master’s degree in international law. She is also a graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained a Ph.D. in strategic studies and international relations (1991-1993).
Walid Phares Career
Walid Phares Academia
In the year 1992, Phares served as a teacher at Florida International University’s Department of International Relations. For 1 year (1993-1994), Phares served at Florida Atlantic University as a visiting professor of comparative politics. In the year 1995, he worked as a professor (full-time) of international relations and Middle East studies at Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Political Science. While at that university, he sponsored the student organization Haiti Watch.
Phares served the Trans-Atlantic Parliamentary Group on Counter-Jihadi-Terrorism as a coordinator in the year 2008. He has worked at the National Security’s graduate school, Daniel Morgan Academy as a lecturer. He has also served as a lecturer at the CI CENTER – Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Virginia, and at the National Intelligence University in Washington.
Phares serves as a teacher at Bay Atlantic University International University in Washington. There he also worked as Director of Graduate Studies and a university provost. For 1 year (April 2011 to April 2012), he served at the National Defense University as a spokesperson – he says that he was a “consultant/expert”.
Walid Phares Political activism
He adhered to USDC – the “Social Democratic Christian Union” in the year 1984. He has served at the World Lebanese Cultural Union and the World Maronite Union as a secretary general. Phares has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, the United States, Defense and Homeland Security, and Justice.
Phares has also testified and briefed international bodies such as the United Nations Security Council and the European Parliament on stories based on the Middle East conflict and international security. Since the year 2007, Phares has been serving the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the United States House of Representatives as an adviser.
Walid Phares – Advisor to Mitt Romney
He was an appointee as a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney in the year 2012 during Mitt’s presidential campaign. This role made Phares criticized by the CAIR – Council on American–Islamic Relations, where Phares was referred to as a “conspiracy theorist” and “an associate of war crimes”. This role also provoked negative reactions from Islamic studies academics Omid Safi and Ebrahim Moosa.
Walid Phares – Advisor to Donald Trump
He was an advisor to Donald Trump in the year 2016 during his presidential campaign and received a wage of $13,000 per month. Donald Trump’s Phares choice renewed speculations and scrutiny about the past alleged role of Phares as a Lebanese Christian fighters’ ideologue. This was during the Lebanese Civil War. Also, Trump’s choice renewed speculations and scrutiny about Phares’s perceived far-right views as an academic and analyst of the Middle East region. He did not have a government post in the administration of Donald Trump.
Walid Phares Controversies
Walid Phares In Association With Lebanese Militant Groups
In the ’80s during the Lebanese Civil War, he drew controversy over his association with Lebanese militant groups. Phares once stated that he got involved with the militants only in a political capacity. He also stated that he did not directly implicate any violent acts.
Walid Phares – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
He once affirmed that the administration of Obama advocated the Muslim Brotherhood. He affirmed that the triangle Clintonmachine-Iranregime-MuslimBrotherhood released a coordinated propaganda offensive against Trump, in October 2016.
Walid Phares Controversy In Israel
Phares once stated that the only historical and rational choice of Israel is to connect once more with Lebanon’s Christian community. He said that this represented a choice that did not be appreciated by many people of Israel.
Walid Phares – 2017 Westminster attack
Phares gained attention in the United Kingdom in March 2017 after implying in a Twitter post that London had closed down in the terrorist attack’s wake in Westminster. This is regardless of most roads and tube stations remaining open as usual, and only the immediate crime scene was cordoned off.
Walid Phares Views on Islam
Phares often cautions that Muslim people seek to impose Sharia (a legal code) and take over institutions of America, primarily based on the Quran that can involve punishments like cutting off the hands of a thief. Phares has been depicted as an early supporter of Bat Ye’or’s dhimmitude concept. He has also affirmed that jihadists are posing as civil rights supporters. He has also been depicted as being a member of the Islamophobia industry. Phares is often indicted by Muslim civil rights groups as fear-mongering about the Sharia law’s spread, as well as being Islamophobic.
Walid Phares Religion
He was born a Christian Maronite – during the Lebanese Civil War in the ’80s, Phares earned notoriety for his anti-Islam views, as well as for his association with Lebanese Christian militias.
Walid Phares Website
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Walid Phares Book / Author
Phares has authored 12 books;
- The Iranian Islamic Revolution (1986)
- The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad (2008)
- Pluralism in Lebanon (1979)
- History of the Middle East: Trends and Benchmarks (1998, 2001)
- Democratic Dialogue (1981)
- The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East (2010)
- Thirteen Centuries of Struggle (1985)
- The Lebanese Thought and the Thesis of Arabization (1980)
- Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America (2005)
- Lebanese Christian Nationalism: The Rise and Fall of an Ethnic Resistance (1995)
- The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy (2007)
- The Lost Spring. U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid (2014)