Published On: Sun, May 5th, 2013

Islamists in a Changing Middle East

In December 2011, I joined my George Washington University colleague Nathan Brown for an extended conversation with Deputy Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Khairet el-Shater. The timing was oddly propitious, in that Brown had just published an outstanding book about Islamist parties in the Arab world entitled “When Victory is Not an Option.” But, as we explored with Shater, victory did suddenly seem to be a real possibility for the Muslim Brotherhood. How would this sudden opportunity, after decades of participation in an authoritarian system that would not allow them to actually win, affect their behavior, their ideology, or their internal organization? Read More