The Rise of the Islamists
Across the Arab world, Islamists are the new political power brokers. In elections in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, Islamists won big. Similar results are expected in Libya, and if the Assad regime falls, they might well emerge on top in Syria too. After decades of repression by secular rulers, Islamists are now poised to transform the region's politics and culture. But it's still not clear what they plan to do with their power, and what that will mean for those who don’t share their views.
Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Produced by: Monica Bushman, Joseph Braude, David Enders, Julia Simon, and Flawn Williams / Web Producers: Javier Barrera and Sam Lavine / Photo: Imrane Binoual, Zeinab Mohamed, Freedom House / Host: Katherine Lanpher / Airdate: March 2012
Julia Simon examines the sources of funding behind the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi Al-Nour party, who now hold more than two thirds of parliamentary seats in Egypt.
Joseph Braude speaks with Elie Fawaz, a Lebanese political analyst with the Beirut office of the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation, about whether the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist parties will dominate politics in a post-Assad Syria.
Katherine Lanpher speaks with Shadi Hamid, Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center, and Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about whether and how the U.S. should engage with Islamists.