Walking a tightrope

Ford, Neil
August 2004
Middle East;Aug/Sep2004, Issue 348, p48
The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan has few natural resources compared with its neighbours, and the spectre of political upheaval continues to hover ominously on its eastern and western borders. War and instability lie on its eastern doorstep in Iraq, while the ongoing struggle between Israel and the Palestinians permeates almost every aspect of Jordanian life because of the sheer numbers of Palestinians living in the Hashemite kingdom. A key element of Jordanian policy has been to strengthen ties with the U.S., the EU and Israel, both in order to boost domestic economic growth and to build diplomatic bridges between he Middle East and the West. Jordan receives around $1bn from the U.S. through a range of aid packages, so there is little doubt it is in the kingdom's best interests to side with Washington.


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