July 21, 2012

The Muslim Brothers Worry the Saudis

Steven Miller, Foreign Policy

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Mohamed Morsy's young presidency in Egypt hasn't started all that smoothly. It's largely been characterized by a series of standoffs with the Egyptian military, including this week's controversial court case on the legality of an assembly tasked with drafting the country's new constitution. But Morsy is also performing a less publicized high-wire act in trying to court vital benefactors in the Persian Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia. How this endeavor plays out could prove just as consequential for his political survival.

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TAGGED: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Muslim Brotherhood


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