Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Failures

Ashraf El-Sherif

July 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


To understand Egypt’s current political situation, it is crucial to examine how and why the Muslim Brotherhood—a leading political actor just over a year ago—met its demise so suddenly and forcefully. Though it had to operate in a hostile political environment, the Brotherhood ultimately fell because of its own political, ideological, and organizational failures.