Ottawa, Canada – Islamist movements, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have captured international media and political attention. How have these movements come to be, and where are they going?

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to attend a special Global Policy Forum presentation by Islamic movements expert Shadi Hamid, “Temptations of Power,” taking place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada.

Based on his new book, Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, Hamid’s lecture will address Islamist movements and their evolution overtime, and the future of political Islam. The findings, presented in his book and lecture, are the result of hundreds of interviews Hamid conducted with Islamist leaders and activists.

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. Media wishing to cover this invitation-only address are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Manager Tammy Bender, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356 or [email protected].

Invitation-Only Event:

CIGI Global Policy Forum: “Temptations of Power,” featuring fellow at Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and author of Temptations of Power Dr. Shadi Hamid.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014


5:30-7:30 p.m.


Rideau Club
99 Bank St. 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1P 6B9


Dr. Shadi Hamid is a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and the author of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2014). He served as director of research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. Prior to joining Brookings, Hamid was director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is currently vice-chair of POMED’s board of directors, a member of the World Bank’s MENA Advisory Panel, and a contributing writer to The Atlantic. His articles on the Middle East and U.S. policy have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe New RepublicForeign PolicyThe National Interest, and many other publications. Hamid received his B.S. and M.A. from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.


Tammy Bender, Communications Manager, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected] 

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