Sarhang Hamasaeed

Senior Program Officer, Middle East & Africa

Sarhang Hamasaeed is a senior program officer for the Middle-East and North Africa Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). He joined USIP in February 2011 and works on program management, organizational development, and monitoring and evaluation. He also provides political and policy analysis on Iraq to USIP, and other peacebuilding actors. He has written on Iraq, and gave interviews to the international media on issues related to peace and conflict resolution in the country. Hamasaeed has more than ten years of strategy, management, and monitoring and evaluation experience in governmental, nongovernmental, private sector, and media organizations.

As a Deputy Director General at the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (2008-2009), Hamasaeed managed strategic government modernization initiatives through information technology with the goal of helping improve governance and service delivery. As a Program Manager for the Research Triangle Institute International (2003-2004), he managed civic engagement and local democratic governance programs in IraqHamasaeed has worked as a planning and relations manager at Kurdistan Save the Children (1997-2002). Hamasaeed has also worked for the Los Angeles Times and other international media organizations.

He holds a Master’s degree in International Development Policy from Duke University (2007) and is a Fulbright alumnus.


Articles & Analysis by this Expert

August 13, 2014
Elie Abouaoun, DDS, Khitam Al-Khaykanee, Manal Omar, Raya Barazanji, Sarhang Hamasaeed

Will Iraq’s current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki defy efforts to replace him? Will it break apart into several separate states? Should its neighbors do more to challenge the militants rampaging across the border with Syria? And are we giving this group legitimacy by acceeding every time their leaders change the organization's name -- "Islamic State" or their earlier moniker, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria"?

July 2, 2014
Sarhang Hamasaeed
June 24, 2014
Manal Omar, Rachel Brandenburg, Robin Wright, Sarhang Hamasaeed
June 13, 2014
Khitam Al-Khaykanee, Raya Barazanji, Sarhang Hamasaeed, Steven Heydemann
April 21, 2014
Manal Omar, Sarhang Hamasaeed

In the News

June 26, 2014

"When you conduct an air strike, it is very difficult to distinguish who you are hitting at the moment," Sarhang Hamasaeed, senior program officer for the Middle East and North Africa programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, told Xinhua. Hitting the ...