• Sada - Analysis

    Significance of Jordan's al-Ikha Parliamentary Bloc

    The al-Ikha bloc in Jordan's parliament is attracting attention as a source of new blood in the country's anemic political life.

    • Research

    Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World

    This volume examines the Arab world’s major political actors, assesses the weaknesses of secular parties, and evaluates how incumbent regimes have maintained their grip on power in spite of reform-oriented claims.

    • Research

    Rising Social Distress: The Case of Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan

    In Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, the global financial crisis has fomented social unrest, stoking increased radicalization. But governments are unlikely to pursue political liberalization.

    • Event

    The Global Crisis: Will the Middle East and North Africa Emerge Stronger?

    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.

    • Commentary

    A Tale of Two Expectations

    Major upcoming elections in Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and, perhaps, Palestine, could alter the balances of power in these countries. Because each is at the heart of various arenas of conflict in the Middle East, 2009 could witness a series of political jolts in region.

    • Research

    Islamists in Politics: The Dynamics of Participation

    Despite limited electoral success, Islamist movements in the Middle East have failed to influence policy and are criticized by their base for abandoning their religious commitments. Marina Ottaway and Amr Hamzawy explain that Islamist movements must convince their supporters that political participation is the best long-term means to affect government despite seemingly poor short-term gains.

    • Commentary

    A Reluctant Middle East

    The burst of diplomatic activity that the Middle East has witnessed in recent months frequently deviated from Washington's policy guidelines, underscoring the decline in American influence in the region.The new U.S. administration will need a new and more constructive approach to handling the various issues of the Middle East.

    • Sada - Analysis

    Fair Winds for Jordan's Brotherhood

    The ascendance of a hardliner to leadership of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood was expected to lead to greater tensions with the government, but that is not how things are working out.

    • Commentary

    U.S. Troop Withdrawal Missing A Political Strategy

    A U.S. withdrawal plan for Iraq that creates a political vacuum will invite Iraq's neighbors to shape the nation's internal evolution in accordance with their own security considerations. The U.S.-Iraq deal for combat troop withdrawal by 2011 lacks a much needed political strategy for neutralizing the influence of Iraq’s neighbors.

    • Sada - Analysis

    Parliamentary Elections in Jordan: Lite and Not Much Heat

    • Russell E. Lucas
    • August 26, 2008

    The June 17, 2003 Jordanian elections for the House of Deputies (parliament's lower house) were so out of touch with regional events that they might well have been held on a different planet, according to Al Dustour columnist Urayb Al Rantawi.

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