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Interviews
Phares to KTSA San Antonio: "The US should back those who can defeat al Qaeda's ideology to win the war on Terror"
In an interview on the “The Jack Riccardi Show" 550-KTSA AM ABC News Radio Dr Walid Phares said "the grand meeting of al Qaeda supporters in Yemen shows that the Jihadist movement has been expanding not shrinking not just in Yemen but also in the region as a whole." Phares who released his new book "The Lost Spring" this month, said "despite drone attacks, elimination of operatives and claims that al Qaeda is on the run or on a path to decline, the Jihadist organization continues to recruit, expand and launch attacks. They are now back in Iraq, dangerously growing in Syria, fighting the Egyptian army in Sinai, controlling parts of Libya and hitting across Africa from Mali to Nigeria. The Administration claims this is another danger, not the initial one. I Don't think so: they have the same flag, the same ideology, the same narrative, and the same enemy. This is al Qaeda and its Jihadist web at their third generation. The Administration's policy of framing this a mere criminal activity or an expression of socio-economic frustrations doesn't hold. The Jihadists are inspired by a totalitarian ideology and feeding from all sorts of claims, but always based on an ideology. Ignoring the latter is Washington's main error in counter terrorism strategies." Asked if Washington missed an opportunity by not attacking this meeting Phares responded: "It is really not about a meeting or tactical opportunity. Drones and eliminations of cadres alone won't defeat al Qaeda. They are producing new leaders as the US is eliminating them. What you need to concentrate on is the defeat of their ideology, and the US role is to back forces who can do it." Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2014, 10:25

Books
Phares on C-Span on the Lost Spring: "US engaging Egypt's people and Egyptians engaging the US public now, is a must"
In an hour long comprehensive discussion of his book "The Lost Spring" author Walid Phares argued that "now is the time to engage Egypt's civil society, its women, youth, Copts, liberals, moderates to create a people to people alliance against extremism and Terrorism. But now is also the time for English speaking Egyptian intellectuals, comedians, artists, academics and NGOs to come to America and engage the public and Congress about their real aspirations for the future of Egypt. The June 30 popular revolution, which witnessed 33 million demonstrators against the Ikhwan regime, is a cross road in the history of the Arab Spring. It has created dynamics of masses and silent majority rejecting all sorts of dictatorship, civilian or military, and also Islamist regimes. This is the window we were waiting for and this is the time to engage." Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2014, 18:12

Books
The Lost Spring reviewed in the "US Report": "Phares predicted the Arab Spring, its wars and is advising on alternative American policies"
In a review of Walid Phares new book "The Lost Spring", Kay Day wrote in the "US Report": "Dr Walid Phares predicted the Arab Spring, its civil wars and the rise of its civil societies. He has been advising lawmakers and the public on alternative American policies to avoid catastrophes." Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2014, 21:03

Phares in Arabic
Phares to Sawt Lubnan radio: "Washington's Lebanon policy is impacted by the Iran deal while Lebanese haven't informed the US public enough about Hezbollah challenges"
In an interview with Sawt Lubnan radio (VDL) in Beirut, Dr Walid Phares said "at this point Washington's policy on Lebanon's Presidential elections and on security and political crises is impacted by its nuclear interim deal with Iran. The Obama Administration still hopes Tehran will deliver and thus doesn't want to risk direct American confrontations in Lebanon, or in Syria." Phares added that the US prefers a status quo in general regarding Hezbollah's power in the country, at this point. He argued that "regarding the Presidential elections, the two camps in Lebanon, the Hezbollah led March 8 coalition and the opposition to the latter known as March 14 coalition have advanced candidates for the top post. If the two main candidates come very close without a clear and strong majority, the inclination outside would be to have a middle of the road candidate, someone from within the institution to provide continuity and stabilization. If one of the candidates gathers a serious majority, he would win and the US will engage his Administration." But Phares was skeptical as to the intentions of the Iranian regime to cease its strategic weapons system. "The Administration has given Tehran a chance, and the regime is maneuvering to let Washington believe Iran is delivering, but reality is that the Iranians aren't changing course." Phares said after the failure to intervene in Syria last year "you can see that many spots in the world, including in Ukraine, are exploding, assuming perhaps that the Obama Administration has its domestic political priorities come before its handling of international crises. That's at least a perception." Back to Lebanon, Phares noted that "the political forces of what was known as the Cedars failed to reach out to the American public to explain how serious Hezbollah's domination is." (Interview in Arabic begins in the last quarter of the audio link) Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2014, 14:47

Books
Phares on Steve Malzberg show on NewsMax TV:"Egypt and the Gulf confronting the Ikhwan and the Iranian regime, Washington must choose"
In an interview with Steve Malzberg on News Max TV, the author of the "Lost Spring" Walid Phares said "initially from what we saw, the Obama Administration was advised to partner with the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa, from Morocco to Gaza, and to cut a deal with the Iranian regime over the areas between Beirut and Tehran. But with the crumbling of Brotherhood in Egypt, the realignment of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and more against Qatar and Iran, this strategy has faltered. It would be advisable for Washington to change direction away from these two directions." Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2014, 20:10


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Phares to KTSA San Antonio: "The US should back those who can defeat al Qaeda's ideology to win the war on Terror"
Books
Phares on C-Span on the Lost Spring: "US engaging Egypt's people and Egyptians engaging the US public now, is a must"
Printed Media
Phares to Egypt's public TV: "General Sisee runs, US media reacts and Ikhwan lobby to counter"
Radio
Phares to David Boze on KTTH: "Western Ukraine is going West and Eastern Ukraine is going East"
TV
Phares to Lou Dobbs on Fox BC: "US should cancel unsuccessful Syria deal and stop sending cash to Iran, move Kiev to NATO, but there will be no war over Crimea"
Lectures
Dr Walid Phares Written Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives on Sudan and South Sudan
Walid Phares Blog
Phares in HNN questions readiness of Middle East studies for Arab Spring
Phares in Spanish
WALID PHARES: "EL MUNDO QUE VIENE"
Phares in French
Phares a France 24: "Washington a fait des fautes strategique durant sa presence en Iraq mais surtout en permettant a l'Iran de penetrer le pays"
Phares in Arabic
Phares to Sawt Lubnan radio: "Washington's Lebanon policy is impacted by the Iran deal while Lebanese haven't informed the US public enough about Hezbollah challenges"
Academic
Phares to Iraq Hur: "This US Congress will oppose the Washington deal with the Iranian regime, next Congress may collapse the deal"
Slavic Media
Phares interview in Czech Aktualne: "Nešlo o náhodný únos, řekl o Češkách expert na džihád"
German
Von Walid Phares: "Eine echte Wahl für Syrien"
Portuguese
Phares to Correop Braziliense: "Jihadists in the Arab spring wants emirates not liberal democracies"
Videos
Phares Comment 4: "Obama and Middle East Challenges" (Part 3)
Italian
Op Ed In the Italian Newspaper L'Occidentale: "La questione piů urgente di Obama"
Kurdish
Phares to VOA Kurdish service on Egypt's uprising
Asia
Phares to Week Life in China: "Hezbollah has penetrated all communities but Lebanon's majority rejects it"
Romney for President 2012
Phares to Iraq Hurr: "Romney has alternatives to Obama's policies in the region"