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February 3, 2015

United States
Jordan’s ISIS Challenge

Today’s news and images of ISIS burning Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh to death in a cage comes just days after the group decapitated a second Japanese hostage. Such horrific murders provoke, shock…

Relatives of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh hold pictures of him as they join students during a rally calling for his release, at Jordan University in Amman February 3, 2015 (Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

March 10, 2016

Jordan
Growing Stress on Jordan

In 2013, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Contingency Planning Memorandum "Political Instability in Jordan" warned that the biggest threat to the stability of the Hashemite Kingdom stemmed from…

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October 14, 2011

Jordan
Striking Findings in Jordan

A member of the Daaja Jordanian Bedouin tribe holds a poster of Jordanian king Abdullah as he performs during a rally to celebrate the king's birthday in Amman (Ali Jarekji/Courtesy Reuters). Wi…

Striking Findings in Jordan

May 15, 2013

Jordan
Political Instability in Jordan

In March 2016, the authors wrote an update to this memo to reflect recent developments in Jordan. Read the update. Introduction Jordan has so far weathered the political storm that has engulfed…

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April 4, 2012

Jordan
Guest Post: Jordan’s Reform Calculations

This post is written by Kelley Calkins, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here she offers her assessment of the Jordanian leadership’s calculations concerning domestic reform …

Jordanian Islamic Front Action supporters shout slogans against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in Amman on March 9, 2012 (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

January 25, 2013

Israel
Voices From the Region: Jordan, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Israel

“We don’t want old faces. We tried that…We are worried…We can help Jordan not go the same way as Syria and Egypt.” –Khalid Hammad, 28, a lawyer who voted in Amman, in support of a friend, a fellow la…

A man shows his ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Amman on January 23, 2013 (Hammad/Courtesy Reuters).

January 14, 2013

Israel
Voices From the Region: Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, UAE

“It’s a very big victory for the Islamic groups...They are the strongest in Syria now because the Western countries won’t help.” – The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right…

Syrian rebels talk as they carry their weapons before heading to the front line in Aleppo on January 9, 2013 (Karam/Courtesy Reuters).

September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

August 13, 2013

Egypt
The Politics of Energy: What Morsi’s Fall Means for Jordan

This post is written by Sarah Craig, a Council on Foreign Relations research intern from Princeton University. Jordan’s king Abdullah was the first foreign head of state to visit Egypt after the mi…

Flames rise from an Egyptian pipeline distribution station after an attack in the Sinai peninsula July 12, 2011 (Courtesy Reuters).

February 4, 2015

United States
This Week: Jordan’s ISIS Battle and Egypt’s Crackdown

Significant Developments Jordan-ISIS. King Abdullah returned to a warm welcome in Jordan today after cutting short his visit to Washington yesterday. Abdullah’s move followed the release by ISIS of …

Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Mohammed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo May 15, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters).