Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S Relations with the Islamic World. Dr. Hamid is the author, most recently, of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World (St. Martin’s Press). His previous book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East…
Dr. Seyed Mohammad Marandi is an associate professor at the University of Tehran and an expert on North American studies and postcolonial literature.
Dr. Lee Jarvis is a reader in International Security in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and an editor
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