Gulf cohesion threatened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

In an interview with Agence France Presse, Dr. Fadi Assaf, from Middle East Strategic Perspectives, hinted at a possible divergence between Qatar and other GCC countries, due to disagreements over how to deal with, or contain, the Muslim Brotherhood’s overt and trans-national political ambitions. Assaf considered that the Qatari regime became a master in exporting political crises to avoid disasters at home, as evident by its approach to the Muslim Brotherhood. While the UAE chose direct confrontation with the Brothers, Saudi Arabia opted for a more dissimulated approach, by trying to promote rival factions. In all cases, it is clear that the Brotherhood’s actions in Kuwait and Jordan (as well as Syria) and their accession to power in Egypt and Tunisia have turned the traditional Saudi and Emirati vigilance towards the Brotherhood into fear of the organization that could lead to confrontation, including with Egypt and Qatar.

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Al-Quds Al-Arabi
Al-qabas
Al-Watan
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