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Stability in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (HKJ) in the Post Arab Spring Era


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Since the start of the Arab Spring, Jordan has witnessed an unprecedented level of popular unrest. The frequent demonstrations, which have turned violent at times, have been triggered by the populations general dissatisfaction with the poor economic conditions and the less than ideal political process in the Kingdom. Although to a lesser extent, the calls for Sharia Law implementation, have also triggered some of the ensuing disorder. Moreover, conflict between state and non-state actors across the region and the threat of Totalitarian Islamist have amplified Jordan's woes and further strained its limited resources. The thousands of refugees from conflicts in neighboring countries and the returning DAESH fighters continue to undermine Jordan's stability. As a regional stabilizer and critical partner of the U.S., Jordan is vital to a successful U.S. national policy in the Middle East. Despite the challenges, Jordan's wise governance coupled with its Bedouin traditions have thus far proved critical in maintaining order in the Kingdom. Despite criticism, the Kingdoms ongoing efforts to pursue true economic reform and measured political transformation have resulted in a noticeable decline in the turmoil.



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