January 27, 2006 | Press Release

FDD Middle East Expert Walid Phares Visits Europe to Discuss Iran, Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Future

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 27, 2006) –Dr. Walid Phares, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and author of the new book Future Jihad, will make multiple stops in Europe next week to discuss the Middle East and terrorism with policymakers and the media.

Roundtable on Iran, Vienna, Jan. 31:  The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) will host Dr. Phares at a roundtable discussion on Iran in Vienna, Austria in advance of the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting scheduled there on Feb. 2.  The panel will discuss nature of the current regime in Iran, its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons, political issues inside Iran and what might be done to deal with this crisis.  Other panel participants include:  Reuel Marc Gerecht, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Ladan Archin, Country Director in the Near East and South Asia Department of the Department of Defense responsible for Iran; Professor Nicola Pedde, a professor at the University of Rome; and Roberta Bonazzi, executive director of the European Foundation for Democracy.

Future of Lebanon, Brussels, Feb. 1st: the European Foundation for Democracy will co-host an inter-parliamentary dialogue between members of the European and Lebanese Parliament at the European Parliament in Brussels on the future of Lebanon. Dr. Phares will discuss efforts to liberate Lebanon from Syrian rule, disarm Hezbollah, and create a stable, democratic government.  Other participants include: General Philippe Morillon, former French commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in former Yugoslavia, current member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense and substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament , Abdallah Hanna a Member of the Lebanese Parliament; representatives of the UNSCR 1559 Committee Tom Harb; and Dr. Rachid Rahme of the Council for the Cedars Revolution.


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