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The Foreign Policies of Arab StatesThe Challenge of Globalization$
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Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163609

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163609.001.0001

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Foreign Policy as a Strategic National Asset: The Case of Jordan

Foreign Policy as a Strategic National Asset: The Case of Jordan

(p.253) 7 Foreign Policy as a Strategic National Asset: The Case of Jordan
The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Bahgat Korany

Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

American University in Cairo Press

“Husseinism,” as King Abdullah I's style of governance was described, took into account the role of domestic determinants in shaping foreign policy, but also went a step further by using regional and extraregional policies to consolidate and legitimize the regime, thereby ensuring its survival. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a time of increasing regional and domestic instability, with civil wars looming in both Iraq and the Palestinian territories, the survival of the Jordanian state was as much at stake as the survival of the regime. Many wondered if Abdullah II, who had lacked political experience before ascending the throne, would be able to exhibit the skill and flexibility of his father, or if on his watch Jordan would become relegated to the status of “a fairly civilized, very friendly and economically irrelevant patch of sand somewhere between Israel and Saudi Arabia”.

Keywords:   King Abdullah, Husseinism, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Israel

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