Shadi Hamid Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center

Shadi Hamid is Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center and Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. 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. He currently serves as vice-chair of POMED’s board of directors. Hamid has conducted extensive research on Islamist parties in Egypt and Jordan, most recently as a resident fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman.

Previously, Hamid served as a program specialist on public diplomacy at the U.S. State Department and a Legislative Fellow at the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Policy Review , and many other publications. Hamid also writes for the foreign affairs blog Democracy Arsenal and is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project. Hamid has appeared widely on television and radio, including the The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, and National Public Radio. He is a frequent guest on Al Jazeera.

Hamid received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his PhD from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He can be reached at

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