Shadi Hamid

Brookings Institution

Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer for The Atlantic.

Previously, Hamid was the director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is currently vice-chair of POMED, a member of the World Bank’s MENA Advisory Panel, and a correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East (2014).

Featured Work

FEB 2, 2017 Podcast

Global Ethics Forum Preview: Islamic Exceptionalism with Shadi Hamid

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid discusses the exceptionalism of Islam and what that means for law and governance. In ...

Shadi Hamid. CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

NOV 4, 2016 Podcast

Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World

Many liberals hope that Islam will follow the same trajectory as Christianity and the West: a reformation and eventually secularization. But we should beware of ...

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APR 15, 2014 Podcast

Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East

What if a group decides democratically that they don't want to be liberal--that they want an "illiberal democracy"? Shadi Hamid argues that repression originally compelled ...