Foreign Policy as a Strategic National Asset: The Case of Jordan

Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

in The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163609
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970375 | DOI:
Foreign Policy as a Strategic National Asset: The Case of Jordan

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“Husseinism,” as King Abdullah I's style of governance was described, took into account the role of domestic determinants in shaping foreign policy, but also went a step further by using regional and extraregional policies to consolidate and legitimize the regime, thereby ensuring its survival. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a time of increasing regional and domestic instability, with civil wars looming in both Iraq and the Palestinian territories, the survival of the Jordanian state was as much at stake as the survival of the regime. Many wondered if Abdullah II, who had lacked political experience before ascending the throne, would be able to exhibit the skill and flexibility of his father, or if on his watch Jordan would become relegated to the status of “a fairly civilized, very friendly and economically irrelevant patch of sand somewhere between Israel and Saudi Arabia”.

Keywords: King Abdullah; Husseinism; Palestine; Saudi Arabia; Israel

Chapter.  11954 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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