A new article published in the Middle East Policy journal looks at the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt since the Arab Spring. It sets out the underlying factors and shows how domestic and regional challenges were interwoven in this failure. The authors suggest that this was due to the climate created by the 2011 uprising that enhanced the focus on Egyptian national interests rather than transnational ideologies but was also due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s inability to fully or convincingly employ its vision for Egypt and the Middle East, which was crucial in order to meet the heightened demands of the post-2011 uprising Egyptian public. Consequently, the ‘Islamist threat’ discourse has not only been reasserted but also strengthened. This will limit the influence of political Islam, while enhancing Egypt’s impact on post-Arab Spring regional alliances.
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