Course DescriptionIn this one-time lecture, Walid Phares, Ph.D., will address a global assessment of U.S. strategic challenges across the Greater Middle East towards the end of a year that witnessed a massive shift in geopolitics in the region. The lecture will examine the moves by Washington and the options the Biden Administration still has to face, the rising alliance between the Islamic Republic, China, and Russia, the instability increasing from the East Mediterranean to Afghanistan, and American politics diverting attention from U.S. foreign policy during the 2024 election year. Meanwhile, a dramatic development added uncertainty to U.S. policy in the region when Saudi Arabia and Iran signed a normalization agreement in Beijing, followed by Arab countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, and Syria. Expect a top-of-the-line assessment by Professor Phares, who appears in the national and international media and advises policymakers and senior experts.
- Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
- Date: Thursday, November 16
- Location: Friedberg Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Building
Member - $35
Non-member - $40
One-time guest pass, Member or Non-member at the door - $40.
About the Instructor
Walid Phares, Ph.D., an expert on geopolitics, served as Foreign Policy advisor for several Presidential candidates. 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 previously served as an MSNBC Terrorism analyst 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.