July 24, 2020


Since his accession to the throne in 1999, King Abdallah has successfully steered Jordan’s ship through the turbulent waters of a tempestuous regional context and a complex economic and social situation within the country. The expansion of the economic reforms process agreed upon with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has enabled Jordan to modernize its economic structure, post significant growth rates, and weather the storm of the international economic crisis. Nevertheless, the … [Read more...]


Manifestations of Islamic activism are abundant in Jordan. The country’s Islamist movement has played a key role in political life almost since independence. As traditional allies of the monarchy, the Muslim Brothers have participated in politics when the regime has engaged in political openness. However, their moderation in domestic politics has been accompanied by a growing radicalization on foreign policy issues as a result of their refusal to accept the Israel-Jordan peace treaty and … [Read more...]

Islamist Political Activism in Jordan: Moderation, Militancy, and Democracy

  Volume 12, No. 2 - June 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 1 of 7   ISLAMIST POLITICAL ACTIVISM IN JORDAN: MODERATION, MILITANCY, AND DEMOCRACY Curtis R. Ryan* While democracy has proven to be a fragile and elusive form of politics in the modern Arab world, Islamist movements have flourished--ranging from grass-roots pro-democracy activism to militant jihadism and terrorism. Whether Arab politics witnesses more … [Read more...]

Comparing Three Muslims Brotherhoods: Syria,Jordan,Egypt


The banner of the Islamist revolution in the Middle East today has largely passed to groups sponsored by or derived from the Muslim Brotherhood. This article develops an introductory examination of three key Muslim Brotherhood groups and compares their politics, interrelations, and methods. Each, of course, is adapted to the conditions of a particular country. The banner of the Islamist revolution in the Middle East today has largely passed to groups sponsored by or derived from the Muslim … [Read more...]

The Anti-Iranian Front: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan

THE ANTI-IRANIAN FRONT: EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA, AND JORDAN Ayellet Yehiav*   The following article was adapted from a lecture presented at a GLORIA Center conference entitled "After Lebanon: A New Middle East?," made possible by the generosity of Mr. Joel Sprayregen. This article discusses the coalition of the relatively moderate Arab countries--Egypt, Saudi-Arabia, and Jordan--and how they have dealt with the threat of the Shi'a axis. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan regard the … [Read more...]

Turning Water into Fire: The Jordan River as the Hidden Factor in the Six Day War

The TURNING WATER INTO FIRE:THE JORDAN RIVER AS THE HIDDEN FACTOR IN THE SIX DAY WAR H1 { FONT-SIZE: 12pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; TEXT-ALIGN: center } SPAN.MsoEndnoteReference { VERTICAL-ALIGN: super; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman' } SPAN.t13 { } H6 { FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 12pt; MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; TEXT-DECORATION: underline; text-underline: single } div.Section1 {page:Section1; } … [Read more...]

Amman 1970, A Memoir

  Volume 6, No. 4 - December 2002 AMMAN 1970, A MEMOIR By Norvell De Atkine This is the first in a series of memoirs on the Middle East in the 1960s and 1970s. Norvell de Atkine was one of the first Middle East experts trained by the U.S. military. He attended the American University in Beirut, became a U.S. military attache in Jordan, and spent many years working in the Arab world. I had just completed my studies at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1970, as part of … [Read more...]

The 1991 Gulf War and Jordan’s Economy

  Volume 6, No. 2 - June 2002 THE 1991 GULF WAR AND JORDAN'S ECONOMY By Ziad Swaidan and Mihai Nica This article examines the 1990-1991 Kuwait crisis's damaging effect on Jordan's economy. Trade with Iraq was an important aspect of Jordan's economy and transshipment from Jordan's port of Aqaba to Iraq had been especially profitable for Amman. This enterprise was stopped by the war and then by the sanctions on Iraq. Other key elements for Jordan, such as Iraq's sale of … [Read more...]

Changes and Continuities in Jordanian Foreign Policy

  Volume 6, No. 1 - March 2002 Changes and Continuities in Jordanian Foreign Policy By Brent E. Sasley Studies of Jordanian foreign policy have most often focused on that country?s small size and geographical location--and consequently external and material factors--as constraining and shaping Jordan?s foreign policy. While this approach is certainly valid, it has also led to neglect of the domestic political, economic, or personal components of Jordanian foreign policy.(1) This … [Read more...]

“Normalization” and “Anti-Normalization” in Jordan: The Public Debate

  Editor's Summary: The Jordan-Israel peace treaty, signed in October 1994, was accompanied on both sides by high hopes of warm relations between the peoples of the two countries. A wide range of factors, however, led to a deterioration in any public support for the peace agreement on the Jordanian side. These included: the limits of economic benefits arising from the agreement; the slow, and uncertain pace of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; Israel?s 1996 "Grapes of Wrath" … [Read more...]