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The New Middle East Cold War

U.S. Middle East Policy and the Region’s Ongoing Battle over the Muslim Brotherhood

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In the three years since popular uprisings swept across the Middle East, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood has become a deep point of contention among regional states. Key countries in the Middle East and North Africa are sharply divided over the status of the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islam. During this time, U.S. policy has been hesitant as the United States has sought to define its position in reaction to both the uprisings themselves and the new era of competition among regional states they produced. This hesitancy has produced muted responses, strategically bereft of clear statements on U.S. interests and values. The uneven U.S. responses to the Arab uprisings and the regional competition that has been sparked offers several important lessons learned for U.S. policy in the future.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on these lessons and the path forward for U.S. policy in the Middle East amid the new Arab Cold War.