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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu


FAU Presents a Lecture with Walid Phares, Author of The Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East

                BOCA RATON, FL (March 15, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of political science and the Middle East and National Security Organization present a lecture with Walid Phares titled “The Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the Social Sciences building, room 250. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Phares, a former political science professor at FAU, was a senior fellow and the director for the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington from 2001 to 2010. He has also been a visiting fellow with the European Foundation for Democracies in Brussels since 2006. Phares has been a Fox News terrorism and Middle East expert since 2007 and was the MSNBC-NBC terrorism analyst from 2003 to the end of 2006. Phares has been an advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Caucus on Counter Terrorism since 2007 and to the Trans Atlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism since 2008.

    In Phares’ book, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East, which was released in 2010, Phares argues that a major battle for control in the Middle East is coming, and he says that it will have a major impact on the rest of the world. He argues that the United States is hindered by a lack of education about the forces at work in the Middle East, and he urges a more thorough look at the wide and disparate groups involved.  Phares maintains that the free world can win the conflict with the Jihadists, but he urges a change in course and a more thorough exploration of the threat and its ideology.

    Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, says that Phares is one of the “most knowledgeable and incisive scholars of the Middle East – its peoples, its cultures, its religions, and its radical movements.”

                For more information about the lecture, call 561-302-0470.


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