Foreign Lobby reported last month that a UK group linked to Ennahda, essentially the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia, and an Ennahda activist linked to the US Muslim Brotherhood have increased their lobbying efforts in the US. According to the Foreign Lobby report:
August 6, 2021 Supporters of Tunisia’s embattled moderate Islamist party have signed a new US lobbying contract to push back against President Kais Saied, sparking a media firestorm in Tunis and adamant denials by Ennahda that it has anything to do with it. The London-based Ennahda Party Diaspora Group signed a two-month, $30,000 contract with BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) on July 29, four days after Saied suspended parliament, according to a new lobbying filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The New York-based global communications firm is tasked with “outreach to key stakeholders in the US, media support, and strategic communications counsel.” […]
BCW isn’t the only organization defending the party’s point of view in Washington. Tunisian-American activist Radwan Masmoudi, the founder of the nonprofit Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) in Washington, recently returned to the US from Tunisia after formally joining Ennahda’s political committee earlier this year. He told Foreign Lobby Report that after years building up a sister organization to solidify the democratic transition in Tunisia, he wants to re-energize the Washington center after four years of pared down activity under President Donald Trump.
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Radwan Masmoudi, the founder of the US-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), left the think tank in March to officially join the political office of Ennahda.
The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) was founded in 1998 in a cooperative effort among the US Muslim Brotherhood, the US State Department, and Georgetown University academic Dr. John Esposito. Esposito served during the 1990s as a State Department “foreign affairs analyst” and has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations. Past CSID board members included Jamal Barzinji and Taha Al-Alwani, both associated with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). Both were important leaders in the US Muslim Brotherhood who helped establish many of the most critical US Brotherhood organizations.