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

July 2, 2014
Sarhang Hamasaeed

With fighting in Iraq spreading since the shocking onslaught of a militant group once aligned with al-Qaida, the country's Parliament convened this week to start forming a new government based on the April elections, only to adjourn again within hours. Sarhang Hamasaeed, a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, explains the latest developments, the forces tearing at the country's fabric and the effects on the broader region.

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

April 22, 2014

Lukman Faily, Iraqi ambassador to the United States. (@FailyLukman). Sarhang Hamasaeed, senior program officer for the Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Denise Natali, fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the ...