Any election law needs to be inclusive, and needs to take into account the views of the electorate, so that people feel it is representative and fair. Until that happens in Jordan, all election laws, current and future, are going to be criticized.
Though the Muslim Brotherhood won a plurality of seats in Jordan’s elections, the biggest takeaway was the continued fragmentation of the vote within a weak field of parties.
Activist groups rarely talk to each other in public, and when they do, their discourses aim primarily at mobilizing support within their own camps rather than addressing each other's concerns.
While Jordan’s elections promised change, they really just ensured more continuity.
The pro-democracy uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 made clear the need to forge a new social contract between rulers and ruled.
Jordan’s weakened Islamists are building alliances with tribal candidates to boost votes in the upcoming elections.
Processes of diffusion and cross-national learning during the Arab Spring were not only employed by protest movements but by the regimes they opposed.
Jordan’s latest government and constitutional changes could allow the monarchy to shift the burden of austerity to an elected government
One hundred years after the division of the Middle East, the effects of the Sykes-Picot agreement are still playing out across the region.
In its foreign policy toward North Africa and the Middle East, the EU is putting stability before human rights, as it did before the Arab Spring.