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Muslim Brotherhood will survive the Middle East crisis

Friday, July 14, 2017

Subject

Mapping the Muslim Brotherhood.

Significance

Doha’s support, whether tacit or active, for Islamist groups in the Middle East, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, alienated it from some Arab neighbours. The recent boycott by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt is party driven by their own problems with local Brotherhood affiliates that were linked to the broader political reform movement during the 2011 Arab uprisings.

Impacts

  • Brotherhood affiliates will be significant military players in conflict-torn Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
  • In parliamentary systems, cooperation with secular opposition will be increasingly important to countering international terrorism charges.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s transnational links will become more personal and less institutional.
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