Jordan and the First U.S.-Iraq War

Curtis R. Ryan

in Inter-Arab Alliances

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033075
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039558 | DOI:
Jordan and the First U.S.-Iraq War

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This chapter describes a case study concerning Jordan's foreign policy during the 1990 Gulf Crisis. It discusses the changes in Jordan's policy as it navigated through a web of alliances and alignments and explains why the kingdom risked its Western and Gulf alliances in order to maintain alignment with Iraq. It explains that the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait triggered a major regional realignment but Jordan decided to maintain its alliance with Iraq, thereby jeopardizing its relations with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S.

Keywords: Jordan; foreign policy; Gulf Crisis; Iraq; Kuwait; Egypt; Saudi Arabia; U.S; Gulf alliances

Chapter.  7221 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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