Program Details

US Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East

Walid Phares
International Relations / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The Middle East has changed, and these changes will affect world geopolitics on security, economic, diplomatic, and human rights grounds. How is U.S. foreign policy interacting with this sensitive region? Should Washington continue in the same direction, or should it develop new policies? This lecture by Phares will examine and compare U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East under Obama v. U.S. foreign policy under Trump v. U.S. foreign policy under Biden.  Following that overview, Phares will share his views on what bipartisan U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East should be.

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.