March 31, 2014 at 7:11pm

On March 21, 2014 author Walid Phares launched his new book “The Lost Spring:  US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid” at the Heritage  Foundation in Washington DC. The speaker was introduced by John Edward Hilboldt  who welcomed Phares “for the fifth time since November 2005.” Hilboldt said “we  are proud at Heritage to welcome a prolific author whose books have been widely  read and had an impact on readers but also lawmakers and Presidential  candidates, including Mitt Romney who appointed Walid Phares as one of his  senior national security and foreign policy advisors.”

Dr Phares presented his book to an audience including scholars, researchers,  former diplomats, students, media people and community leaders. “I am launching  this fifth post 9/11 book from this same podium. Heritage has become a sort of  an intellectual NASA for my work, a launching pad for my volumes into the space  of ideas. I hope I will find life in this limitless space.”

Phares outlined his book, “which is an extension of a previous book, The  Coming Revolution, published in 2010 and had predicted the Arab Spring. In this  book, we argue that there was a first wave of civil society uprisings, but  thanks to a US policy that didn’t partner with the right democratic forces, a  second wave of Islamist networks were able to seize the revolutions in Egypt,  Tunisia and Libya, while Iran’s allies were crushing the demonstrations in  Syria. But a new spring is coming and we saw some waves in Egypt and  Tunisia already. The next spring will stretch to Iran and beyond. Washington  should be ready to meet the new democratic rise, midway, or so we  hope.”

“In the Middle East, regular people wants a normal life, no ideological madrassas, no terror, no oppression, Moms wants to see their kids go to school, grow up in Peace, find a job and found a family. They don’t want wars and Jihads.”

 

Author Walid Phares: "People in the Middle East wants a normal life, no ideological Madrassas, no terror, no oppression."

Author Walid Phares: “People in the Middle East wants a normal life, no ideological Madrassas, no terror, no oppression.”

 

Author Walid Phares introduced by Hilboldt

Author Walid Phares introduced by Hilboldt

 

Walid Phares presenting "The Lost Spring." "This is my fifth book since 9/11, Heritage has become my NASA into the space of ideas.

Walid Phares presenting “The Lost Spring.” “This is my fifth book since 9/11, Heritage has become my NASA into the space of ideas.

 

Walid Phares chatting with readers

Walid Phares chatting with readers

 

Walid Phares signing his book to participants in the launch at Heritage

Walid Phares signing his book to participants in the launch at Heritage

 

Walid Phares signing the "Lost Spring" but with strong hopes for the next spring

Walid Phares signing the “Lost Spring” but with strong hopes for the next spring

 

Walid Phares: "readers comments are my best rewards. The life of a book is in their hands, literally."

Walid Phares: “readers comments are my best rewards. The life of a book is in their hands, literally.”

 

Walid Phares interviewed about his book "The Lost Spring" - "I hope many students and faculty would read this book to have access to an alternative explanation of the region's events."

Walid Phares interviewed about his book “The Lost Spring” – “I hope many students and faculty would read this book to have access to an alternative explanation of the region’s events.”

 

Author Walid Phares with Turkish student specializing in international relations

Author Walid Phares with Turkish student specializing in international relations

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