Blacklisting the Muslim Brotherhood: What to Know

Source: Council on Foreign Relations

Author(s): Zachary Laub

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump is urging the State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), returning to an idea his administration floated in 2017. The renewed interest follows the recent White House visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has forced the group from public life in Egypt.

National security officials, diplomats, and government lawyers reportedly object to the potential designation. They assert that the Muslim Brotherhood does not qualify as an FTO under the law, and that the designation will complicate American diplomacy in the many countries with political parties that have roots in the movement.

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