Program Details

Where is the Middle East Heading?

Walid Phares
International Relations / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The United States changed its foreign policy in 2021 and has been engaged in new directions in the Middle East. But is the region itself changing - and if so, in which directions? War, Peace, or status quo? This lecture series by international expert Professor Walid Phares will examine four major dossiers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


  1. Iran: Regional dominance and internal revolts.
  2. The Arab Coalition: Between reforms and counter-terrorism.
  3. The Jihadists: ISIS and Islamist militias.
  4. Israel and the Abraham Accords.

About the Instructor

  • Walid Phares, Ph.D., 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. He advises lawmakers and leaders from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has appeared regularly 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 to 2006 and frequently appears in international media for English, Arabic, and French interviews. In 1994, he founded the Florida Society for Middle East Studies (FSMES) and has served as an advisor to human rights NGOs since 1992. He is the author of fifteen books and will be publishing his next book in 2022.