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Podcast On Syria, Political Islam, And Why Egyptians Like Trump

Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid joins this episode to explain the current political chaos in the Middle East.


Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the political climate in Syria, why Egypt is Trump country, and U.S. relations with Islamists.

“Obviously some of this is just rhetoric and we are going to have to wait and see what Trump actually does, but I am somewhat encouraged by some of this rhetoric,” Hamid said of Trump’s remarks on this week’s attacks in Syria. “I do think Syria is a direct national security interest and I think one of Obama’s biggest mistakes was not realizing that.”

Hamid discusses why respecting democratic outcomes is important and how his witnessed the various regime changes in Egypt. “We like democracy in theory but our problem is we have trouble with the outcomes of democracy,” he said. “We don’t agree with the ideology of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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