Jordan: Living in the Crossfire

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Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people, including King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skillful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the ...

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Overview

Drawing on numerous visits to the country and interviews with a diversity of people, including King Abdullah, Alan George describes how Jordan's reasonably stable monarchical system, unlike that in most Arab countries, has allowed the halting development of civil society and maintained control through the skillful co-option of opponents rather than heavy-handed reliance on its secret police. What is daily life like? How do its parliamentary system and political parties work? How free are the media? What are the future prospects of this buffer "state without a nation"?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842774717
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Alan George is a journalist and former Assistant Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Chronology
• Vital Statistics
• Part I: Jordan
• 'Fulfilling our Promises': The Creation of Jordan
• 'Neither Democrat nor Demagogue': Jordan under King Hussain
• 'Bread before Freedom': Jordan under King Abdullah II
• Part 2: Jordanians
• Abdullah bin Al-Hussain: King
• Barjas al-Hadid: Tribal Shaikh
• Rajai Khoury: Businessman
• 'Abd al-Fatah al-Bustani: Dentist
• Abu Muhammad: Taxi driver
• Awad ash-Shubaiki: Farmer
• Anisa Salim: Palestinian refugee
• Part 3: Institutions
• The 'Stratified Elite' : The Royal Family and Royal Court
• 'Strengthening the Moderate Majority': Parliament and Parties
• 'The Basis of Governance': The Legal System
• The Sky's the Limit: The Media
• 'Investing in a Mobile Resource': Higher Education
• Visions and Realities: The Future

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