In The Confrontation, Dr. Phares turns his attention to what the West must do to turn back the Jihadist threat.
The war against Jihadism has to be redefined, he writes, and the West will need to rethink its approach, leading to an economic and diplomatic revolution needed to prevent the terrorists from using our own systems and needs against us.
It will also need to seize every common ground with potential allies against the Jihadi forces, including Europe, Russia, and India.
Finally, there needs to be a much stronger and united Western response to support the democratic and antiterrorist sectors of Muslim societies - our real allies in this conflict.
The Jihadists, he argues, have skillfully isolated the United States through a worldwide war of ideas blaming democracies for the problems of the Middle East and driving terrorism.
The goal must be to reverse the formula and isolate Jihadists in the court of world opinion and within the societies that they have made their home bases- Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Dr. Walid Phares is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies where he focuses on Middle East history and politics, global terrorist movements, democratization and human rights. Dr. Phares also leads the foundation's Future of Terrorism Project, which considers how the Jihadi-Islamist threat will mutate over time and what can be done to defend against new, more deadly strains of terrorism.
Dr. Phares is the author of ten books on terrorism and the Middle East. His latest book, The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad was published in 2008, War of Ideas: Jihadism Against Democracy was published April, 2007. His book, Future Jihad, Terrorist Strategies Against America, has been listed on Foreign Policy magazine's best selling titles for three months.
In addition, Dr. Phares serves as a Fox News Channel Middle East Contributor. A fluent English, French, and Arabic speaker, he is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel, CNN, the BCC, al-Jazeera, al Hurra, al-Arabiya, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV, Global TV, and hundreds of radio programs. Previously Dr. Phares served as a terrorism analyst for MSNBC.
He writes frequently for academic publications and newspapers, including Global Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, International Journal of Security Studies, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, and Chicago Sun Times.
A frequently consulted expert, for more than two decades Dr. Phares has been called upon by European Commissioners, European Parliament members, as well as French, British, Belgian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, and Cypriot legislators, officials and Diplomats.
He has served as an expert for the Dutch Government on Terrorism. He has also testified to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Middle East and South East Asia, the House committees on international relations and Homeland Security and regularly conducts congressional, State Department, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice briefings.
Dr. Phares is also a senior fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, a policy institute based in Brussels that is dedicated to defending democratic values, promoting freedom and addressing the ideologies of terrorism.
Dr. Phares is an Adjunct Professor at National Defense University School for National Security Executive Education (SNSEE). From 1993 to 2006, Dr. Phares was a professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He has also held teaching positions at Florida International University and the University of Miami.
He holds degrees in law and political science from Saint Joseph and the Lebanese Universities in Beirut, a Masters in international law from the Universite de Lyons in France, and a Ph.D. in international relations and strategic studies from the University of Miami in the United States.