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The Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic

Keywords: Muslim Brotherhood , Egypt , Tunisia , US , client regimes , neoliberal , globalization , New World Order , Islamism , Middle East

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The aim of this article is to show that the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power in Egypt (as well as in Tunisia before it) has been engineered by the transnational elite, with the help of the local elites and the US-dependent local armies, since the previous client autocratic regimes were politically bankrupt and clearly incapable of imposing the "economic restructuring" required by neoliberal globalization without the occurrence of serious social turbulence. The Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power will secure the integration of the countries concerned into the New World Order of neoliberal globalization and representative "democracy" in a new form of more sophisticated client regime based on Islamic "democratization," whereby all the rituals and paraphernalia of "democracy" are present. The first part of this article deals with the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power and attempts to explain why it was chosen as the main instrument of the New World Order in the Middle East. The second part puts forward the case that the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power represents a new form of "democratic" client regime in the Middle East, in place of the autocratic client regimes which had been dominant in the area since the end of the Second World War.

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