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November 2013

November 2013

Resources on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

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(Courtesy Reuters/Amr Dalsh)


This CFR Backgrounder looks at the future of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition movement and a standard bearer for Islamist groups around the world.

In this CFR Expert Brief, Ed Husain holds that if the Brotherhood is to become a viable political force in the years ahead, it must eschew publicity and focus on reform. Mr. Husain advises the group to divorce itself from Salafi factions and become more inclusive of women and youth.

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Silver Lining Amid the Devastation in the Philippines

CFR's Southeast Asia expert Joshua Kurlantzick considers the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, and suggests it was made worse by the poor quality of infrastructure in the Philippines. He writes "...the Philippines is one of the most unequal and corrupt countries in Asia, funds for housing projects, roads, and seawalls and other public monies routinely vanish into the pockets of political dynasties."

If public pressure forces the government to prioritize upgrading infrastructure and crack down on graft in construction projects, there might be a positive outcome of this tragedy.

China's Xinjiang Problem

Chinese authorities moved quickly to comdemn last month's suicide attack in Beijing's Tiananmen Square by a group of Uighur extremists from China's Xinjiang province, a Muslim-dominated region in the far northwest. According to CFR's Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Elizabeth C. Economy, "past violence in Xinjiang has been met by Beijing with highly repressive policies," which has done "little to address the real sources of its Xinjiang problem, which are economic, political, and cultural."

Visit CFR's "Asia Unbound" blog to learn what Beijing could do to alleviate tensions.

CFR Interview: The Long Reach for Syrian Peace

CFR's President Emeritus Leslie H. Gelb argues that "the primary strategic threat to the United States and its allies in the Syrian conflict is the potential triumph of radical jihadist fighters." In this CFR interview, Dr. Gelb urges the Obama administration to encourage moderate Sunni rebels to ally with the Assad regime to forestall this risk. Read more »



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