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The Arab Awakening and Middle East Unrest

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In Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, Shadi Hamid Explains Islamists' "Willingness to Die"

July 29, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

"This idea that you can have a revolution and then overnight you get to liberal democracy is not only unrealistic, it's totally ahistorical. This is not the way political change happens. So we have to readjust our expectations," said Brookings Fellow Shadi Hamid in a recent two-part Brookings Cafeteria podcast on Islamists, Democracy, and the Roots of Middle East Violence. In the podcast, Hamid discussed political Islam, his experiences meeting with various leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed Morsi, and Islamists "willingness to die."

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