Governance, reform and resurgent ethnic identity politics in Jordan

Authored by: Curtis R. Ryan

Governance in the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857435849
eBook ISBN: 9780203850053
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203850053-21

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Abstract

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long been regarded as an island of moderation and even of stability in an otherwise difficult neighbourhood. The tiny kingdom is wedged between Israel and Palestine to the west and Iraq to the east, and between Syria to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. As such, Jordan has been riveted over the years by the tensions and wars of both the Arab–Israeli conflict and the Persian Gulf. Regardless of the era or leading political conflict of the day, Jordan has found neighbouring conflicts and struggles spilling over its borders, and continually threatening to the submerge the kingdom in the dangerous political currents of the modern Middle East. Yet through all the many challenges, Jordan has managed to survive as a society, as a state, and as a Hashemite Kingdom, despite what sometimes appear to be overwhelming odds.

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