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Jordan: The Dilemma of Tension

What distinguishes conditions in Jordan is the clear separation between the government and the king in the orientation of political forces as slogans of regime change are completely absent from the public sphere and a sort of implicit agreement that the king be excluded from the circle of discussion

Al Jazeera Center for Studies

Wednesday, 7 December 2011 09:06 GMT

The spheres of political tension in Jordan overlap configurationally and influentially as follows:
• The first sphere: the Palestinian-Jordanian fission;
• The second sphere: regional pressure opposing reform (Saudi Arabia in particular) versus international support (the United States) and popular forces in favor of reform with dissimilar motives for each of the parties;
• The third sphere: the economic crisis and dependence on aid
• The fourth sphere: the strength of the Islamic movement relative to other political forces;
• The fifth sphere: the movement of marginalized parties in the state, especially in areas of traditional advocacy of the political regime.


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