• Sada - Analysis
    Photo Essay: Jordan’s Other Refugees
    Alice Su August 14, 2014 عربي

    Jordan’s attempt to prioritize Syrian and Iraqis refugees leaves its other asylum seekers underserved.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Legitimizing Crackdown on Dissent in Jordan
    July 22, 2014 عربي

    Proposed amendments to Jordan’s anti-terror law threaten free expression and may exacerbate the very problem they are hoping to address.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Jordan: The Jewel in the ISIS Crown
    Nikita Malik, Abdullah Shami June 24, 2014

    As the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-influenced jihadists, Jordan will serve as a crucial buffer from the terrorist movements that threaten to spill over into the region.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Does the “Southern Front” Exist?
    Aron Lund March 21, 2014

    The remarkably nonsectarian and democratic statement signed by rebel factions in southern Syria in February was likely only a ploy by rebel commanders to get more foreign support by declaring their opposition to extremism.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Jordanians Split Over the War in Syria
    Nikita Malik March 17, 2014

    Popular opinion in the Hashemite Kingdom over Syria is divided. Many Jordanians support the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but some oppose it and many others have grown skeptical over time, as the spillover from Syria to Jordan increases.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The New Generation of Jordanian Jihadi Fighters
    Mona Alami February 18, 2014 عربي

    The outcome of their engagement in Syria will define the future vision and goals of the rising generation of Jordanian Salafi-jihadis.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Syria’s Spillover Effect on Jordan
    Nikita Malik February 13, 2014

    There is a risk that the flow of weapons and fighters from Jordan into Syria will contribute to lawlessness and insecurity in Jordan, and the spillover of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians refugees into Jordan is likely to continue.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Zamzam and the Jordanian Brotherhood
    Tareq Al-Naimat February 4, 2014 عربي

    The Zamzam Initiative, which presents itself as an alternative to the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, is unlikely to convince Jordanians that it provides anything new.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Cost of Syrian Refugees
    Nikita Malik September 19, 2013 عربي

    Economic and demographic strains from the Syrian refugee crisis are impacting Jordan’s own domestic balance of power.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Failing Civics
    Elizabeth Buckner April 11, 2013 عربي

    As Jordan strives to build a university system in line with its ambitious economic goals, tribal violence on campus remains a stumbling block.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    No Military Role for Arab States
    Marwan Muasher September 11, 2014 CNN

    While countries like Jordan will not participate militarily in the U.S. strategy against ISIS, it will provide much needed logistical and intelligence support and connections with the Sunni tribes of Iraq.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Syrian Refugees Flood Into Neighboring Jordan
    Marwan Muasher September 13, 2012 NPR

    Refugees are pouring into neighboring countries to avoid the chaotic violence in Syria. Jordan is taking a large number of these refugees and straining its budget at a time of political instability.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Changing Dynamics in Egypt and Jordan
    Marwan Muasher August 15, 2011 BBC's Impact

    Important first steps toward political transformation are occurring throughout the Arab world, as evidenced by the trial of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the amendments proposed for the Jordanian constitution.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Is More Regime Change On The Way In The Mideast?
    Michele Dunne February 16, 2011 NPR

    As protests continue to grow in the Middle East, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and Bahrain are now threatened by the wave of discontent.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Future of the Protest Movement in Jordan
    Marwan Muasher February 10, 2011 France 24

    The protest movement in Jordan is fundamentally about opening the political system in Jordan, not economic grievances.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    No Way Back For Egypt And The Region
    Marwan Muasher February 7, 2011 NPR

    While the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia might been triggered by the economy, issues of governance and the need for political reform are at the heart of the demonstrations.

  • Event
    Jordan in the Regional Context
    His Excellency Nasser Judeh, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Katherine Wilkens June 12, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh delivered an address at Carnegie on the Jordanian perspective regarding recent developments in the Middle East.

  • Event
    Islamists in Power: Views from Within
    April 5, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Islamist parties will have a dominant impact on the outcome of Arab transitions, but there is little understanding in Washington of what that will mean for governing.

  • Event
    Public Opinion on Iraq and the Arab Spring
    James Zogby, Edward Gnehm Jr., Mustafa Hamarneh, Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway December 19, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Zogby Research Services conducted polling in eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the United States, to look at public opinion on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the Arab Spring, and other recent developments in the region.

  • Event
    Arab Monarchies Confront the Arab Spring
    Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway, Jon B. Alterman, Paul Salem November 22, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Arab monarchies have so far survived the unrest of the Arab Spring without major challenges to their authority, but their countries are not immune to the widespread popular discontent.

  • Event
    Between Religion and Politics
    Nathan Brown, Amr Hamzawy, Marwan Muasher September 29, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda while navigating daily political tussles. In the face of repressive regimes, they have achieved some popular support, but enjoyed few concrete successes.

  • Event
    The Global Crisis: Will the Middle East and North Africa Emerge Stronger?
    Marina Ottaway, Uri Dadush, Masood Ahmed May 21, 2009 Washington, D.C.

    The Middle East and North Africa have been less affected by the global economic crisis so far, allowing Middle Eastern governments to continue delaying the deep economic and governance reforms required for long-term economic growth in the region.

  • Event
    Failed Responsibility: Iraqi Refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon
    Joost Hiltermann, Michel Gabaudan, Jessica Tuchman Mathews July 31, 2008 Washington, D.C.

    The international community and the Gulf states are not providing sufficient funding or accepting enough Iraqi refugees. The current situation is highly unstable and fragile, and very little progress can be expected without Iran’s and Syria’s involvement. No significant return of refugees can be expected in the next ten years.

  • Event
    Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World
    Marina Ottaway, Julia Choucair-Vizoso, Samer Shehata, Robin Wright January 29, 2008 Washington, D.C.

    Contemporary discourse on democratic transformation in the Arab world often lacks a critical assessment of the kind of progress that is taking place on the ground. Marina Ottaway and Julia Choucair-Vizoso launched their new book Beyond the Façade: Political Reform in the Arab World, a critical assessment of political reform in the Arab world based on ten case studies.

  • Event
    Economic Reform in Jordan
    Sufyan Alissa September 12, 2007 Washington, D.C.

    The Carnegie Endowment organized a discussion in which Sufyan Alissa, Associate at the Carnegie Middle Easter Center, presented the findings of his recent paper "Rethinking Economic Reform in Jordan: Confronting Socioeconomic Realities."

  • Event
    Economic Reform in Jordan: Where To?
    Sufyan Alissa, Paul Salem, Reem Badran, Ibrahim Saif, Jamal Al-Jabiri, Mustafa Hamarneh April 30, 2007 Amman, Jordan

    On April 30, 2007 the Carnegie Middle East Center hosted a workshop on economic reform in Jordan. The discussion centered on the nature of recent reform programs, the type of social and economic challenges currently facing Jordan, the factors behind the failure to sustain deep reform, the main actors that influence reform, and steps that could be taken by the donor community to further reform.


Carnegie Experts on Jordan

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.


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