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...

A Woman’s Work is Never Done

October 04, 2016

Shaping the future is a daunting challenge for girls and women in the Middle East and North Africa. There is so much attention over what women can’t do in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that it is hard to imagine how their societies would function with at least some greater degree of...

Who is to Blame for the Arab World’s Woes?

August 31, 2016

Socioeconomic challenges in the Arab world cannot be attributed either directly or indirectly to the false legacy of Sykes-Picot agreement. From time to time, pundits in and outside the Arab world take on momentous themes and begin the process of analyzing, synthesizing and opining so thoroughly...

Ramadan Holds Lessons for Job Market in Arab World

July 06, 2016

In the Arab world and beyond, many young people do not see the benefit of working as learning. Being in Jordan gives me the opportunity to focus on lessons that come from everyday experiences sometimes overlooked in the frenetic pace of living in the US. For example, during Ramadan, we are all...

Yemen: Seeds of Conflict, Ground of Transition

April 18, 2015

The deeper context of Yemen's conflicts must be grasped if a humane solution is to be found, says HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan. During the many crises that have engulfed the Arab region from the occupation of Iraq in 2003 to the latest upheaval in Yemen,  a consistent theme of my analysis has...

Economic Conditions Lead Youth to Join the Islamic State

February 19, 2015

The key to fighting the Islamic State is economic stability and jobs for young people. Thousands of Jordanians, including Queen Rania, took to the streets of Amman on February 6. They were protesting the burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State (IS) and...

Jordan Responds to Death of Pilot

February 04, 2015

With the brutal death of a pilot, how should Jordan respond? The Islamic State, a terrorist organization that seized territory in Syria and Iraq and redrew the Sykes-Picot borders, has executed 26-year-old Moaz al-Kassasbeh. The Jordanian pilot crashed in an air-raid over Syria in December and...

Does the Islamic State Pose a Threat to Morocco and Jordan?

January 19, 2015

The continued existence and potential expansion of the Islamic State undermines the legitimacy of the Middle East’s constitutional monarchies. The Middle East and North Africa's constitutional monarchies are surviving the upheaval of the Arab Spring. Morocco and Jordan, two key US allies in...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 2/2)

March 19, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan.  Living conditions at the Gaza camp in Jerash are poor and employment opportunities are restricted mainly to private and informal sectors. According to a public sector official in the Gaza camp:...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 1/2)

March 16, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan. Jordan hosts the largest Palestinian refugee population in the world. It has also been a popular choice of destination for Iraqi refugees. The most recent influx are Syrians due to the civil war that started in...

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