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Jordan: Living in the Crossfire by Alan George

By Alan George

Drawing on a variety of visits to the rustic and interviews with a range of individuals, together with King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's quite sturdy monarchical process, not like that during such a lot Arab nations, has allowed the halting improvement of civil society and maintained keep an eye on in the course of the skillful co-option of rivals instead of heavy-handed reliance on its mystery police. what's lifestyle like? How do its parliamentary procedure and political events paintings? How unfastened are the media? What are the long run clients of this buffer "state with out a nation"?

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There’s no shortage of theories: that he felt he would risk a popular uprising if he failed to join Egypt and Syria; that he fatally miscalculated the Arab-Israeli balance of power; and that he anticipated superpower intervention to prevent a humiliating Arab defeat. 27 Whatever the truth, the conflict set the stage for an internal challenge far greater than those of the 1950s. The crushing Arab defeat in 1967 convinced the Palestinians of the futility of pinning any further hopes on the Arab regimes, however supportive their rhetoric, and that if they were to retrieve any of their usurped rights, it would have to be through their own efforts.

Interview with author, Amman, 23 February 2003. Interview with author, Amman, 24 February 2003. Wilson, King Abdullah, p. 44. Lawrence, Seven Pillars, p. 659. , p. 359. Wilson, King Abdullah, p. 3. Kamal Salibi, The Modern History of Jordan (London: I B Tauris, 1998), p. 91. Avi Shlaim, Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), p. 31. Mansfield, The Arabs, p. 201; David Gilmour, Dispossessed: The Ordeal of the Palestinians 1917–1980 (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980), p.

357. Beverley Milton-Edwards and Peter Hinchcliffe, Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy (London: Routledge, 2001), p. xi. T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (London: Penguin, 2000), p. 359. Interview with author, Umm al-Gathir, 2 March 2003. Interview with author, Amman, 23 February 2003. Interview with author, Amman, 24 February 2003. Wilson, King Abdullah, p. 44. Lawrence, Seven Pillars, p. 659. , p. 359. Wilson, King Abdullah, p. 3. Kamal Salibi, The Modern History of Jordan (London: I B Tauris, 1998), p.

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