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The Hariri Center for the Middle East hosts a discussion of Jordan’s prospects for reform and how the country fits within larger regional dynamics, as fears of spillover from Syria constrain reformists and Gulf states invest heavily in the kingdom’s stability.
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Danya Greenfield, who participated in an pre-election assessment mission in Jordan in October 2012, will present findings from her recent issue brief on the subject. Joining her is Hisham Melhem, a widely recognized commentator on Arab affairs and Washington bureau chief for Al Arabiya News Channel, and Mohammed Hussainy, director of the Identity Center, a Jordanian organization monitoring the upcoming elections, and the head of the Integrity Coalition for Election Observation.
Surrounded by tumult in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has appeared to be a bastion of stability in the region. But the waves of the Arab spring have not bypassed the Kingdom, and protests that started in January 2011 increased in scope and intensity this past November with fuel price hikes that impact nearly every Jordanian household. Economic pressures, a media clampdown, and corruption among the royal elite forced many to the streets, where chants against King Abdullah II have grown louder. With parliamentary elections slated for January 23, the palace hopes to prove that reform is coming, despite a boycott by the country’s largest political party and other popular movements.
A discussion with
Deputy Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
With commentary from
Washington Bureau Chief
Al Arabiya News Channel
Mohammed Hussainy (via Skype from Jordan)
Integrity Coalition for Election Observation
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
|DATE:||Thursday, January 17, 2013|
|TIME:||12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.|
1101 15th Street, NW 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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