Death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah: A Succession Story

January 24, 2015

What next for Saudi Arabia and King Salman? The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will change little in the kingdom and its relations with the West. The monarch had been ailing and reclusive for some years, and his anointed successor (and brother), Salman, had been handling the...

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...

Jordanian Women: Marrying Beyond the Border

February 09, 2014

If Jordanian women marry non-Jordanians, they are only granted "services rights." Last December, the spokesman for the Jordanian government, Mohammed al-Moumani, announced that the government will not grant civil rights to Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian citizens. Instead, he...

Syria’s Implosion Shakes Jordan

January 29, 2014

Syria presents Jordan with complex social, political, economic and security challenges. The ongoing conflict in Syria is impacting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in numerous ways. Jordan tends to present an image of political stability and social cohesiveness in an otherwise turbulent...

The Potential for Nuclear Proliferation in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2014

Riyadh's lack of confidence in the Joint Plan of Action raises questions over its traditional stance of non-proliferation. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been a champion for the establishment of a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East, owing to a combination of its isolation from...

Stateless in Jordan: The Life of a Refugee (Part 2/2)

June 23, 2013

Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, share similar experiences of life in exile. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Employment Another area demonstrating the standard of living for these refugees results from a lack of citizenship, employment, freedom of...

Civil War in Syria: The Spillover Threat

May 04, 2013

A groundswell of Syrian refugees pouring into Jordan threatens to increase social and political tension as a result of greater claims to limited resources and differing perceptions of refugees’ rights and obligations. The risk for Jordan is heightened by the fact that it could upset King...

Reform Not Revolution: The Arab Spring in Jordan

February 12, 2013

Despite facing serious political and economic problems, Jordan is not on the verge of regime change. Divisions within the opposition and an interest in reforming the current political system prevent a fundamental challenge to Amman's Hashemite monarchy. Many observers comment that Jordan...

Unrest and Reform in Jordan

January 23, 2013

Through a series of reforms and government turnovers, King Abdullah has managed to keep the unrest in Jordan from spiraling out of control. However, opposition to Jordan’s parliamentary elections threatens the king’s grip on stability. Background Since early 2011, Jordan’s...

Jordan: How Serious is the Threat to King Abdullah’s Rule?

January 22, 2013

Despite the political upheaval in the Middle East, it is too soon to determine whether King Abdullah will be toppled. However, there seems every reason to believe that once the Syrian conflict reaches a conclusion, Jordan could be next in the crosshairs. Calls for change have returned to Jordan,...

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