Jordan in crucible of Middle East peace deal and Syrian refugee crisis

Getty Images Al-Buwayda is a quiet, dusty town on the road from Irbid in northern Jordan to Mafraq. It was here that the wave of Syrian refugees who fled fighting crested in 2015. The population of the area doubled from 95,000 to … Read More

A Palestine-Jordan Confederation is becoming a very real possibility

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King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein (L) of Jordan meets with President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas (R) at Presidency building in Ramallah, West Bank on 7 August, 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency] There has been more talk recently from the Palestinians, Israelis … Read More

Pope Francis: reaching out to Muslims

Pope Francis met mufti Rahmi Yaran at Istanbul’s Blue Mosque in November 2014 Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, which began in 2013, and visited several countries with large Muslim populations. In February he … Read More

ANALYSIS: Why King Abdullah II Nixed Parts of Jordan-Israel Peace Deal

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On Sunday, King Abdullah II dropped a bombshell when he announced that Jordan would not renew parts of the 24-year-old peace agreement with Israel. In a first statement the King said he had informed Israel “that we are putting an end … Read More

U.S. close to releasing Mideast peace proposal that Palestinian leadership may immediately reject

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is visiting Arab capitals and Israel to describe elements of the administration’s vision and seek help in drawing Palestinian leadership to the table. (Jose Luis Magana/AP) The Trump administration is close … Read More

Jordan protests snowball over IMF-backed austerity

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Members of the Jordanian gendarmerie and security forces stand on alert as protesters shout slogans and raise a national flag during a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s office in the capital Amman late on June 2, 2018  Khalil MAZRAAWI (AFP) Angry … Read More

Facing Palestinian criticism, White House says closeness to Israel is an Asset

In the wake of the Temple Mount crisis, can Washington remain an honest broker to peace? Before a shooting on the Temple Mount last month threw the region into a harrowing, if temporary crisis, ​talk of a US-led peace process … Read More