Jordan

  • Mardini on Economic Effects of Iraq Crisis on Jordan

    Monitor Global Outlook quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Ramzy Mardini on the economic effects the Iraq crisis has had on Jordan:

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  • Itani on the Effects of Iraq Crisis on Jordan

    Monitor Global Outlook quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on the impact Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria may have on stability in Jordan:

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  • Divisions within the Jordanian Islamist Movement

    The Jordanian Islamist Movement (the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the Islamic Action Front Party) is witnessing, for the first time in its history, an internal ‘mass’ protest movement with demands for reforms that reflect conflicting visions and agendas. The failure of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the weak performance of the Islamist movement through  Jordanian popular protests (2011-present), and the challenging regional realities presented ‘dissidents’ with the perfect window of opportunity to call for change. This development creates an unprecedented challenge for the movement since its establishment in 1946, sparking questions regarding its future.
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  • Itani on Jordan's Struggle to Absorb Syrian Refugees

    The Christian Science Monitor quotes Resident Fellow of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Faysal Itani on the toll Syrian refugees have taken on its neighbor Jordan:

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  • Are Jordan's Elite Blind to Classism?

    The recent Twitter war of words that erupted in Jordan last week illustrates just how divided the country is between the haves and have-nots, and how the pervasive sense of injustice and corruption continues to boil under the surface.
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  • Refugee Crisis Draining Jordan's Water Resources

    March 22 is World Water Day. It is a time to celebrate: Since its first observance in 1993, important steps have been made to sustainably improve global water security. But as the refugee crisis in Jordan underscores, water supply is complicated by local and regional dimensions, and compounding crises can threaten stability and development.
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  • As Refugee Crisis Deepens, Jordanians Seek Support

    When President Barack Obama announced $1 billion in new loan guarantees to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan earlier this month, he reaffirmed what many here in Jordan have long felt: the Kingdom has been “very generous” in accepting nearly 600,000 Syrian refugees, who have placed “a great strain” on Jordan’s resources.
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  • The Economic Consequences of the Arab Spring

    In a new issue brief, Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Mohsin Khan contends that although political turmoil has dominated economic decision-making in the Arab transition countries and Jordan and Morocco during the last three years, there is some encouraging evidence that these economies will turn around in 2014.

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  • Point/Counterpoint: Is Reform in Jordan Truly Necessary?

    Over the past few years, Jordan has weathered the storm of the Arab revolutions and emerged largely unscathed. The monarchy retains control of the kingdom despite the occasional protest demanding reform.
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  • Genuine Reforms Key to Jordan’s Stability

    Although it appears that Jordan has survived the Arab uprisings thus far, all is not well in the Hashemite kingdom. Over the past 20 years, its political economy has changed profoundly, putting pressure on the foundations of regime stability. The state in Jordan has been retreating from many citizens’ economic lives, shrinking its circle of privilege and patronage, and leaving the population to fend for itself in a dysfunctional economy.
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