The World in 2020: Geopolitical Threats and Hopes

Walid Phares
International Relations / Politics

Course Description

As 2019 is ending, Dr. Walid Phares, a seasoned expert in international relations, a former advisor to two Presidential candidates and current advisor to lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe and leaders in the Middle East, will project the main geopolitical threats to rise and explode in 2020, and signal the coming of hopes for conflict resolutions, peace, and victories over terror. Phares, who predicted the mutation of urban Jihadism in his celebrated book, Future Jihad, in 2005, the Arab Spring in his prescient book, The Coming Revolution in 2010, and the rise of ISIS and the saga of the Iran Deal in his book The Lost Spring, in 2014, will project major developments to affect U.S. foreign policy and national security in 2020. That year, Americans will debate the choices available for them in national policies and will vote for the next President of the United States. Dr. Phares will identify the crises faced by the country and present the most likely arguments to be debated in foreign and national security policies including: Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, ISIS, Afghanistan, Libya, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, U.S. borders and homeland security.

About the Instructor

  • Walid Phares, PhD, an expert on geopolitics, served as President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy advisor during the 2016 campaign and was senior National Security advisor to Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2011-2012. He is the Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Parliamentary Group, a transatlantic caucus of members from the U.S. Congress and European Parliament, and advises lawmakers and leaders from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He regularly appears on Fox News as the network's National Security and Foreign Policy analyst since 2007. He previously served as an MSNBC Terrorism analyst from 2003-2006 and frequently appears in international media for interviews in English, Arabic, and French. Phares taught at Florida International University in Miami from 1991-1993 and was a professor at the Department of Political Sciences at Florida Atlantic University from 1993-2004. He taught at National Defense University from 2006-2012, then at BAU University in Washington, DC from 2013-2016, serving as Provost and then Vice President from 2015-2017. In 1994, he founded the Florida Society for Middle East Studies and has served as an advisor to human rights NGOs since 1992. He is the author of fourteen books, and will be publishing his next book in 2020.

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