“Arab NATO” Still Not Ready for Prime Time

August 02, 2018

Since when has a religious security alliance ever achieved peace and understanding in this or any other part of the world? The Trump administration has resurrected the notion of forming an “Arab NATO,” the principal missions of which would be to confront a resurgent Iran and to relieve the...

Jordan’s Fragile Stability Is under Threat

July 09, 2018

The West needs to understand the present connection between Jordan’s economy and its politics. Since 2011, Jordan has been facing a wide range of pressures — political, economic, demographic, security and military — due mainly to the continuing anarchy in neighboring Iraq and Syria that...

Stretching Sustainable Development Funds

May 05, 2018

The IFC deploys a novel approach to boost private sector development in emerging nations for maximum impact. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organization of the World Bank, is making a big push in the Asia-Pacific region. The IFC provides financing, advisory and other...

The Magical, Mystery Tour of the Middle East

February 19, 2018

One of the many unique advantages America still has — if it chooses to exercise it — is its remarkable convening power. Reflecting on his predecessors’ Middle East efforts dating back to Henry Kissinger in the 1970s, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent tour of Middle East...

Honor is the New Black

October 31, 2017

In Jordan, the state puts women who are at risk of honor crimes into “protective custody,” which often means prison without charge. As per the BBC, an honor killing is “the murder of a person accused of bringing shame upon his or her family.” The act occurs worldwide but is particularly...

Is it Time to Reopen the Jordan-Syria Border?

If the borders with Syria are reopened, Jordan can become a hub for the reconstruction process. Jordan is employing a new political and security tactic regarding the Syrian conflict. On August 30, Amman, the host of the Military Operations Center (MOC) that oversees the truce in Syria, held a...

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

July 13, 2017

To some, the significance of the Trump-Putin meeting is a harbinger of things to come.  The July 7 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, will be remembered not so much because the meeting of two most important world leaders finally...

The Case for Safe Zones in Syria

May 13, 2017

Jordan’s unsecured borders pose a threat of even further chaos in the Middle East. Six years into the Syrian Civil War, Russia and Syria have spread their special operation forces to Syria’s southern border with Jordan in an attempt to stop any sudden deployment of US or allied troops. This...