The Muslim Brothers are the most important phenomenon in the modern world of Islam, above all in the Arab region. It is a phenomenon that has grown exponentially in the last decades and that is now getting ready to meet its full potential by taking advantage of the spaces that have opened up in light of the so-called Arab Spring.

Between 2011 and 2012 the Muslim Brothers have won elections in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco and represent the most organised opposition to the Arab regimes.

This independent research study gives a comprehensive account (based on numerous interviews and a cohesive period of research) into the current status of the Muslim Brotherhood as an international organisation.  Globally their involvement is at its core religious and missionary but increasingly they are becoming politically involved, or at least, we can see that political leaders and political parties are emerging from the ranks of the ruling class of MBs.

What are the potential benefits and what are the potential points of conflict in this emerging new reality?

How have the Brotherhood captured the hearts and minds of the arab people?

How can the West keep a meaningful and coherant communication with the Brotherhood in the face of a democracy that is vastly different, ideologically from that of the West?

This independent study by Agenfor Italia, the Italian think tank, attempts to address some of those questions.

Author: Dr. Sergio Bianchi


Dear Sergio,

Thank you very much for your research paper on the Muslim Brotherhood. It is really the most up to date analysis of this political flow that became powerful force in states of Arab spring. I saw really another 

I`m going to read this report once agian with a pencil to note some of thesises.

Thank you very much once again. Hope to read next materials from you soon.

Have a nice day and stay in touch.

Sincerely Yours,

Anatolii Baronin

Ciao Sergio

I skimmed through the paper, and your analysis seem to be correct.

  • MB are holding a long time strategy. The duplicity in their political dialogue is something that also dictatorships hold, such as the GCC countries and even in North Africa before the latest events. The difference is that the duplicity of the MB is seen as potentially harmful to the so called West while Arab dictators duplicity was harmful mostly to its own people. 
  • There will definitely be a need for confrontational dialogue between MB and the international community. They must be held accountable, and “encouraged” to foster the true democratic principles and the respect of human rights, as the time being they are playing around that and the international community seems to allow them to play freely with no accountability what so ever because they are concerned with regional stability. 
  • The financial and political support to MB from the GCC especially Qatar (also individual personalities) must be made clear, and the supporters must be also held accountable and requested to foster democracy and human rights and pressuring MB in that direction. 
  • It always amazes me how USA & EU continue to always make the same mistakes in their international policy. Where is the support to the secular voice in the region? They do not hold a strong position nor can they manage the current situation. But we need to lok at things long-term, and maybe learn from MB, and strengthen these voices and allow them to build a regional movement that is strong and penetrates the deeps of the populations. This is the only viable solution. 

Sorry but time is always little, in bocca al lupo!