Jordan’s Uncertain Future

The country’s unique role in the Middle East is fading and its challenges are growing.

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As a small, weak and fragmented country, Jordan fits the profile of a typical buffer state. It lies between stronger rival states and frequently shifts alliances to maintain a semblance of balance in a volatile and uncertain regional environment. It has maintained this balance in part by cultivating a cooperative relationship with Israel that has […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.