Donald Trump has finally announced the names of five of his foreign policy advisers, and at least one member of his new team is sure to raise eyebrows.Title: Dr. Walid Phares: Jihad in Europe -- Implications for European and American Security. Source: securefreedom. Date Published: February 9, 2015. Description:
Walid Phares, a Lebanese academic who advised Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012, is one of the five names Trump gave to the Washington Post during a meeting with the paper's editorial board on Monday. As Mother Jones reported in 2011, Phares was a major player in the Lebanese Forces, one of the Christian militias that fought in Lebanon's brutal 15-year civil war. According to Toni Nissi, a colleague of Phares' at the time, Phares helped the group's leader, Samir Geagea, steep its fighters in religious ideology.
"[Samir Geagea] wanted to change them from a normal militia to a Christian army," Nissi said. "Walid Phares was responsible for training the lead officers in the ideology of the Lebanese Forces."
Recorded at Center for Security Policy's National Security Group Lunch on Capitol Hill on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
Dr. Walid Phares, Advisor to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives; Co-Secretary General, Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism; Author, The Lost Spring: U.S. Policies in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014); Commentator on terrorism and the Middle East, Fox News
Jihad in Europe -- Implications for European and American Security