Falling Dominos: Bahrain's Sectarian Turmoil

Last month, security forces raided the home of the Bahrain's premier Shi’a religious scholar, Issa Qassem, sparking outrage throughout the region.

Just as the Sunni Arab uprisings spread from Tunisia to other Arab societies, so too does sectarian-based violence immediately cross borders throughout the Middle East. What happens in Bahrain is now a relevant issue for all Shi’a.

Geneive Abdo is a fellow in Stimson Center's Middle East program as well as a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Lulwa Rizkallah is a Research Assistant in the Middle East Program at Stimson Center.

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