Military veteran and former FBI agent John Guandolo oversees UnderstandingtheThreat.com, which offers counterterrorism education, consultation, and training. In addition to his other accomplishments, John Guandolo is the author of Raising a Jihadi Nation, a 2013 book that focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Formed in Egypt over 85 years ago by Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political organization that seeks to establish a state ruled by Islamic law, or Shari’ah. Initially, the group focused on spreading Islamic education and promoting charity work, but it gradually became more political and was soon associated with violent acts and terrorism.
Over the years, the Muslim Brotherhood gained widespread support throughout Egypt, despite its status as an illegal political organization. Although the Brotherhood has lost some power in Egypt, the organization is active in more than 70 countries around the world. Some of these Brotherhood groups are more conservative and have been tied to the doctrine of jihad, or holy war. Many experts believe terrorist groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda are direct descendants of the Muslim Brotherhood.