Sam Hamad is a writer and History PhD student at the University of Glasgow, focusing on totalitarian ideologies.
Opinion: Several Arab League states are mulling the readmission of Syria's brutal dictator, with an eye to how it might further their own regional agendas, writes Sam Hamad.
Opinion: Assad's sham election is little more than a dark ceremony designed to anoint him with internal power and external legitimacy.
Comment: The Sisi regime will take Biden's exoneration of Beblawi as a sign that the new administration is willing to informally green light its human rights abuses, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: A decade of war and displacement has left the root causes of Syria's revolution remain firmly in place, and its people no closer to liberation, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: Biden's huge and no-strings attached arms deal with Egypt suggests that his tough campaign rhetoric on Sisi might have been little more than just that, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: In the Mersal Foundation, we see the best and the worst of Egypt; the work of extraordinary people failed by their state, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: Sisi has all but extinguished Egyptian dissent. Whether a new US president can force him into reforms he doesn't want to make remains to be seen, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems afoot, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: Italy's PM Conte knows he can back the prosecution of Egyptian officials without undermining Italy's close trade and 'security' links with the Sisi regime, writes Sam Hamad.
Comment: The Egyptian and French presidents are attempting to control the meaning of Islam to enact their domestic, authoritarian agendas, writes Sam Hamad.