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Middle East expert Dr. Walid Phares argues that Western democracies display a dangerous misunderstanding of precisely who opposes democracy in the region and why. This “failure of education” has left the West without essential information on the real roots of the rising Jihadi threat. At the same time, the West is crucially underestimating the determined generation of youth feverishly waging a grassroots revolution toward democracy and human rights.
As terror strikes widen and battles rage, many tough questions are left unanswered: Where are the anti-Jihadists and the democrats in the Muslim world? Does the Middle East really reject democracy? Do the peoples of the region prefer the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, or Hezbollah over liberals and seculars? And is there really no genuine hope that freedom and democracy can prevail over the “Islamist caliphate?” While questioning the tactics, policies, and strategies employed thus far, Dr. Phares explores how the free world can indeed win this critical conflict and whether the Middle East may, at last, reach freedom in this century.
In his new book, the author asserts that, as revolts in Eastern Europe exploded against the Soviets, reformers are struggling against Jihadists and authoritarians in the Middle East. From the civil societies rising in Iraq … to the Green Revolution in Iran and the Cedars Revolution in Lebanon … to Darfur and the south of Sudan … to minority expressions in Algeria and Egypt … to reformers in Syria, the revolution, argues Dr. Phares, is coming to the Middle East.
Dr. Walid Phares is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a visiting scholar at the European Foundation for Democracy. He also serves as a Fox News Channel Middle East Contributor and teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University. A former professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University, he has held teaching positions at Florida International University and the University of Miami. Dr. Phares also advises members of the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament on the Middle East.
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