February 13, 2014

Jordan's Fragile Stability

Jose Ciro Martinez, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

Jordan recently became one of the 10 nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council, a position that will put the international spotlight on the Hashemite kingdom. Its Israeli and Palestinian neighbors continue to grab headlines over their bitter, stalemated negotiations, while violence and uncertainty are the order of the day in nearby Egypt, Syria and Iraq. In contrast, Jordan may seem a welcome oasis of tranquillity to the casual observer. But problems are building there on many fronts.

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TAGGED: Syria, Iraq, Middle East, King Abdullah, Jordan

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