Muslim Brotherhood

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Eric Trager
Ph.D. candidate, Political Science Department

University of Pennsylvania


  • Was with the first group of protesters that took Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, and was on the ground Jan. 28 covering the uprising for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs and the New Republic. 
  • Washington Institute for Near East Policy Fellow and associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia 
  • Dissertation, "Trapped and Untrapped: Egypt's Opposition on the Eve of Revolt," is based on more than 200 interviews with opposition leaders in Egypt. It examines Egypt's historically co-opted opposition parties and non-co-opted opposition activists in the years prior to the Jan. 25 revolt. 


"Many analysts assume that, if given governing responsibility, the Muslim Brotherhood will be forced towards pragmatism, or else split apart.  But my research suggests that this is overly optimistic.  The Brotherhood's recruitment process carefully selects people who are the most inclined towards religious indoctrination, and the five-to-eight year process that it takes to become a full-fledged 'working Brother' makes it less likely that Muslim Brothers will break from an organization that they have worked so hard to join."