‘Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood & Its British Connections’

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SPEAKER: Steven Merley, Investigator and Intelligence Specialist

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 5th June 2013

VENUE: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant3@henryjacksonsociety.org

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood has become one of the new central powers in the Middle East and North Africa, with the movement taking the lead in Egypt, partnering with other Islamist groups and leading revolutions across the region. The nature of the organisation and the extent to which it abides by democratic principles has been questioned for some time, with its religious moderation being at the forefront of the debate.

Until recently, the Muslim Brotherhood was an unknown entity to most of the world, and there is therefore considerable uncertainty as to what these developments will mean for the stability of the MENA region as a whole.

The concern is not only regional. Within the West, the Muslim Brotherhood’s presence is felt through special networks that exist in the United Kingdom and the United States. There continues to be a slow but steady attraction to the organisation as it gains more members, leading to questions about what the Brotherhood’s aims are in the Western world, as well as the relationship between chapters globally.

By kind invitation of Andrew Percy MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Steven Merley, an Investigator and Intelligence Specialist who has spent the past decade focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and its activities within Western democratic societies. As part of his presentation, Mr. Merley will discuss the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as a force within the United Kingdom and the West.

Biography

Steven Merley is an investigator and intelligence specialist who since 1990 has specialised in the investigation of political extremism, beginning with the investigation of hate crimes and right-wing extremist groups in the United States.

Since September 11, 2001, Mr. Merley has been collecting and analysing intelligence on the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and the United States. His work with The Wall Street Journal was used in a series of five articles on the European Muslim Brotherhood which appeared in The Wall Street Journal during 2004. Other clients for his work have included NGOs, US think-tanks, and documentary film makers and he has authored numerous investigative reports on the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr. Merley has spoken at events sponsored by the US State Department, the Hudson Institute and privately for Congressional staffers and US government counter-terrorism specialists and has also spoken twice at the European Parliament.

From June 2007 until April 2013, Mr. Merley was the editor of an intelligence digest that was read widely by US government agencies as well as by other governments and users worldwide. He is currently the sole editor of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch that monitors daily developments in the Global Muslim Brotherhood.

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