The Arab Spring Erupts, Turkey and Qatar Respond
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This chapter discusses how the Arab Spring threw the region into another turmoil. It then details how Turkey and Qatar repositioned themselves and reacted to the unfolding developments in the Arab World. This chapter argues that by the time the Arab Spring erupted, Turkey and Qatar had become too confident of their own achievements in the 2000s and sought to expand their influence even further in the region. The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated political parties and figures rose to prominence boosted their ambitions as both countries had extremely close relations with the movement. Building upon these former ties, the chapter discusses how Turkey and Qatar developed much stronger relations with Egypt under the presidency of the Brotherhood-backed Muhammed Mursi.