Terrorism in Jordan: Politics and the Real Target Audience

Worman, John G.; Gray, David H.
August 2012
Global Security Studies;Summer2012, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p94
Academic Journal
Hidden beneath the emotional banter and caustic rhetoric of terrorism; against US interests in the middle east, is the factual truth. Using Jordan as an example, the dataset pulled from the Global Terrorism Database presents facts that when aligned with the political environment of the time period tell a very different story than what currently exists in the minds of most Americans. Taken from the perspective of terrorism as political violence, the 80 incidents, from 1970-2010, conducted in Jordan, were grouped into five distinct terror campaigns, discovering that there were relative periods of peace and security between these campaigns. When political machinations ignited fervor over territorial governance, terrorist events ensued. The most significant outcome of this cursory analysis is that all five terror campaigns targeted the country of Jordan and the Jordanian government. Included in the fatalities was the death of the only US diplomat; tied directly to Abu Zarqawi and US monetary support to improvement of Jordanian economic and governmental infrastructure. With further research, this paper's framework can provide a new approach to the collective untarnished evaluation that must be performed on terrorism for each country if a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy is to be understood precisely and implemented effectively.


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