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The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide

The revolts that swept through much of the Middle East and North Africa two years ago have a troubling companion – a rise in religious sectarianism. Mounting tensions between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims could ultimately lead to major security issues in the region, as Nonresident Fellow Geneive Abdo explains.



Geneive Abdo

Former Brookings Expert

Fellow, Middle East/Southwest Asia - The Stimson Center

Resident Scholar - Arabia Foundation

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