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Shadi Hamid

Shadi Hamid is a correspondent for The Atlantic, the director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
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Analysis: The U.S. Is Giving Up on Middle East Democracy—and That's a Mistake

January 8, 2014 With the rise of al-Qaeda, increasingly repressive regimes, and weak, even collapsing states, the Arab Spring is looking more and more like a nightmare for U.S. security interests. Perhaps, then, it makes some sense that the Obama administration would increase security assistance to the Middle East, from 69 percent of ...

Why Did We Suspend Aid to Egypt Again?

November 13, 2013 John Kerry felt more threatened by his own administration's partial aid "cut" to Egypt than Egypt's generals did. Or so it seemed. In a visit to Cairo on November 3, America's top diplomat insisted that the "aid issue is a very small issue," as if to tell Egyptians not to ...

Why America Has to Work With Syria's Islamist Rebels

October 9, 2013 The announcement of a new Islamist "alliance " in Syria—bringing together the largest and most influential rebel factions—is only the latest sign of a failed Western strategy. Several of these groups, including Liwa al-Islam and Liwa al-Tawhid, were previously linked to the Western-backed "moderate" Supreme Military Council (SMC). The implications ...

The Winner of the U.S.-Russia Deal? Bashar Al-Assad

September 16, 2013 A deal with Russia on chemical weapons may be a "win" for President Obama but only in the narrowest sense. He managed to avoid a war he desperately did not want. But with the near-obsessive focus on chemical-weapons use, the core issues have been pushed to the side. These were ...

Analysis: Obama's Middle East Strategy

April 26, 2013 As evidence of the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons mounts, the Obama administration has further confused matters regarding its own stated "red lines." The evidence appears to be strong but not necessarily "conclusive." As the April 25th White House letter states, "the chain of custody is not clear, so ...