Shadi Hamid

Independent Journalist


Opinion Articles & Editorials Written By Shadi Hamid

DateArticle NameLocation
11/23/15Is There a Method to ISIS’s Madness?theatlantic.com
In killing 130 civilians in Paris—the worst such attack in France since World War II—ISIS has forced us to contend, once again, with the question of the “rationality” of self-professed ideologues. Since it wrested the world’s attention with its capture of Iraq’s second-largest city in June 2014, the extremist group has prioritized state-building over fighting far enemies abroad. This is what distinguished ISIS: It wasn’t just, or even primarily, a terrorist organization. It had an unusually pronounced interest in governance...