Ending the Jordanian-Syrian Cold 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:
Ending the Jordanian-Syrian Cold War

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This chapter describes a case study concerning Jordan's decision to end its Cold War with Syria during the regime of King Abdullah II. Abdullah's regime also attempted to create a new Jordanian-Syrian alignment. Though the new Jordanian-Syrian alignment did not fully materialize and regional crises eventually led to renewed Jordanian-Syrian tensions, these paled in comparison to the earlier Cold War between the two states. This chapter analyzes the shift in Jordanian policy from the King Hussein to the King Abdullah regimes and attempts to explain how and why the new regime attempted to end years of Jordanian-Syrian tensions.

Keywords: Jordan; Cold War; Syria; King Abdullah II; policy shift; King Hussein; Jordanian policy

Chapter.  6824 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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