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Dr. Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World (St. Martin’s Press), which Gen. David Petraeus calls “a hugely important book” and Lawrence Wright calls “an invaluable corrective.” Hamid is a contributing writer for The Atlantic. His previous book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East was named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014. An expert on Islam and politics, Hamid served as director of research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and many other publications. He has been a guest on such programs as the PBS News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” CNN GPS with Fareed Zakaria, and CNN's Amanpour.
Hamid has served as a program specialist on public diplomacy at the U.S. State Department and a legislative fellow at the Office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Prior to joining Brookings, he was 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. Hamid received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.