One of King Hussein’s greatest challenges to his throne was the loss of the West Bank during the 1967 War and the expulsion of the PLO from Jordan in 1971. Yesterday, Jordanians commemorated the 15th anniversary of the death of King Hussein, ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 1952 until 1999. King Hussein is remembered for improving the literacy rate and the quality of life for the country’s Bedouin and Palestinian population, successfully stabilizing […]
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The international community has so far failed to offer adequate help to Syrian refugees and their hosts. Now is the time to do the right thing. Entering its third year, the Syrian Civil War has cast a huge shadow on neighboring Jordan. The Jordanian government estimates the total number of Syrians in Jordan to be 1.3 million, while the UNHCR estimates the number of Syrian refugees (arrived after 2011) in Jordan at more than 512,000. This would be the […]
Arab Spring protests and the influx of more than half a million Syrian refugees pose new concerns for the Hashemite Kingdom. The protests in Jordan which began in 2011 were against price hikes and inflation. Jordanians also demanded limitations on King Abdullah’s powers including transforming the monarchy from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy (like in the UK). Rather than being appointed by the King, Jordanians want their prime minister elected by the people. […]
Recent events suggest that Jordan, which ruled the West Bank from 1949-1967, seeks to once again play a larger role in Palestinian affairs. The recent resignation announcement by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – who had served just two weeks – struck a humiliating blow to President Mahmoud Abbas and raises serious questions about the competence of governance and the future of the Palestinian question. No one has been tapped to replace Hamdallah, although […]
The inability for Israelis and Palestinians to achieve a two-state solution has re-energized calls in some circles for a Jordanian-West Bank solution. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, established in 1921 by Western allies after the Great Arab Revolt, has become a regional player and a central actor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Having achieved peace with Israel in 1994, and nestled in a strategic location vis-à-vis Israel and its Arab neighbors, Jordan plays a pivotal role […]
The global financial recession triggered serious debate among many countries in revealing the causes behind failures and in innovating affordable solutions. Seeking “transformational” economic growth is very fashionable nowadays bringing to the front-line clean energy and green investments as keys for a better future. And for those countries at the heart of change in the Arab World, the famous “Spring” is bringing a different flavor to the aspired change and reform. In Jordan, attention to […]
President Obama is coming to Israel and two of its neighbors to confer with American partners about problems and challenges in the region. These challenges include Iran, Syria and the need to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Obama is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and the King of Jordan. Obama is said to bring an “urgent” peacemaking agenda to Israel […]