Great Leaps Forward in Syria and Jordan

Great Leaps Forward in Syria and Jordan

I have been in Damascus and Amman in the past week and discussed the current regional upheavals with regime stalwarts, opposition or independent figures, and ordinary citizens. The ruling elites in both countries are neither willing to admit that the regional democracy wave is lapping at their doors nor clear about how to respond.

Jordan and Syria have portrayed themselves as immune to the regional pressures for change, and assume that their large and omnipresent security sectors can control any outburst of democratic agitation. On both counts, last week suggested, they are almost certainly wrong.

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