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A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.
A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.

The Folly of Reengaging Assad

Jordan tried to reestablish ties with the Syrian dictator’s regime. It was a disaster.

Saleh al-Armouti speaks before protesters.
Saleh al-Armouti speaks before protesters.

Water-for-Energy Is Better Than Land-for-Peace

A new deal between Israel and Jordan represents a big step forward from the Abraham Accords.

King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.
King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.

Why Jordan Will Not Reannex the West Bank

An FP essay provoked a strong response because it brought international attention to a controversial issue that has historically only been debated internally.

A man reads a newspaper at a kiosk in Amman, Jordan, on April 4.
A man reads a newspaper at a kiosk in Amman, Jordan, on April 4.

How Jordan Censors Journalists

The director of the only media outlet in the country to cover the Pandora Papers speaks out.

Demonstrators lift flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Amman, Jordan on May 16.
Demonstrators lift flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Amman, Jordan on May 16.

Jordan Is Not Palestine

Reannexing the West Bank is an impractical idea that would threaten Jordan’s stability, deny Palestinians the right to self-determination, and reward Israel’s illegal settlements.

Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.
Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.

Unite Jordan and Palestine—Again

Amman should reannex the West Bank to end Israel’s illegal occupation, bring peace and prosperity, and give Palestinians democratic rights.

עבדאללה הראשון, מלך ירדן (במרכז) מול כיפת הסלע בירושלים, 17 ביוני 1948.
עבדאללה הראשון, מלך ירדן (במרכז) מול כיפת הסלע בירושלים, 17 ביוני 1948.

לאחד מחדש את ירדן ופלסטין

עמאן צריכה לספח את הגדה המערבית ועזה לירדן - כדי לשים סוף לכיבוש הישראלי הבלתי חוקי, להביא שלום ושגשוג ולהעניק זכויות דמוקרטיות לפלסטינים.

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hebrew-king-abdullah1

وحدوا الأردن وفلسطين – مرة أخرى

على عمان أن تضم الضفة الغربية مرة أخرى من أجل إنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي غير الشرعي ، وتحقيق السلام والازدهار ، ومنح الفلسطينيين حقوقهم الديمقراطية

Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jordanian King Abdullah II during a visit to Amman on Jan. 16, 2014.
Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jordanian King Abdullah II during a visit to Amman on Jan. 16, 2014.

Israel and Jordan’s Relationship Is Better Than It Looks

For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.

Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan.
Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan.

Jordan Has Become a Banana Monarchy

The country is imploding under America’s watch.

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2018 jordan protests

­­A Hashemite Family Reunion Can’t Hide Jordan’s Woes

Making nice after an alleged coup attempt obscures serious challenges, including water scarcity, a refugee crisis, and unhelpful neighbors.

King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 in New York City.
King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 in New York City.

Jordan’s King Is His Own Worst Enemy

There’s much more evidence of the monarch’s poor governance than a foreign conspiracy against him.

Gantz and Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv.
Gantz and Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu Stumbles Before Election as UAE Deal-Signing Blocked

$10 billion for trains, ports, and pipelines was supposed to show off his peacemaking prowess.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with with Jordanian King Abdullah on March 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with with Jordanian King Abdullah on March 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank.

Don’t Pursue Saudi-Israeli Peace at Jordan’s Expense

The Hashemite Kingdom views custodianship of Jerusalem’s holy sites as a core national interest. Rumors that Riyadh is seeking to displace Amman would humiliate and weaken the Jordanian monarchy and endanger regional security.

A Syrian refugee from the informal Rukban camp shelters a young child outside a U.N.-operated medical clinic in Jordan on March 1, 2017.
A Syrian refugee from the informal Rukban camp shelters a young child outside a U.N.-operated medical clinic in Jordan on March 1, 2017.

Stay and Starve, or Leave and Die

Jordan is dumping refugees on U.S.-held territory near Syria, and the United States is refusing to care for them as conditions worsen.

An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.
An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East

Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border area known as Naharayim in Hebrew and Baqura in Arabic, on Oct. 18, 2019.
Israeli soldiers patrol the border area known as Naharayim in Hebrew and Baqura in Arabic, on Oct. 18, 2019.

Don’t Politicize Water

Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein (R) arrive for the opening session of the fourth ordinary parliamentary session  in the capital Amman on Nov. 10, 2019.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein (R) arrive for the opening session of the fourth ordinary parliamentary session in the capital Amman on Nov. 10, 2019.

Washington Needs to Get to Know Jordan’s Next King

King Abdullah is young and healthy, but it’s never too early to introduce the country’s next ruler, Crown Prince Hussein, to key U.S. officials.

Israeli activist with banner protesting Trump's Middle East peace plan
Israeli activist with banner protesting Trump's Middle East peace plan

How Israeli Annexation Talk Is Already Reshaping the Middle East

Palestinians withdraw from peace deals, and Jordan could be next, as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.

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