Global Security Watch—Jordan

by W. Andrew Terrill
Foreword by Anthony H. Cordesman


After decades of turbulence, Jordan is an accepted member of the community of Arab states. Yet it also has close ties to the United States, has established a peace treaty with Israel, and has emerged as one of al-Qaeda's most committed enemies. How has the Jordanian monarchy so successfully navigated the perilous straits of Middle Eastern politics?

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July 2010


Pages 187
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security
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This insightful study explores how a small state with limited economic resources has played an important role in vital, ongoing Middle Eastern political and security controversies.

Global Security Watch—Jordan provides readers with an expert, comprehensive overview of significant aspects of Jordan's security, including its political, diplomatic, and alliance-building dimensions. Examining how Jordan emerged from a small Arab kingdom with arbitrary borders and no clear national identity to a confident and modernizing state, the book shows how today's nation effectively copes with a variety of geopolitical challenges.

Jordan's close relations with the United States are examined, with special attention paid to ongoing U.S.-Jordanian cooperation in fighting al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies. The work also probes Jordan's involvement in many of the great conflicts in the contemporary Middle East, for example, that between the Israelis and Palestinians, clarifying Jordanian policies, while helping the reader understand many of the regional problems Jordan finds itself forced to address.


  • Reprints of various pertinent documents and speeches
  • A map of Jordan
  • A glossary of terms and concepts related to Jordan and the wider Middle East
  • A bibliography
  • Foreword by Anthony H. Cordesman


  • Presents a valuable overview of the evolution of Jordanian-Israeli relations
  • Provides a strong understanding of Jordan's struggle against terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, showing how it has used its intelligence and security organizations to wage unrelenting war against the terrorist group
  • Examines Jordan's relations with the United States, including eras of disagreement, and the current deepening friendship between the two countries
  • Explores Jordanian policies towards reform and political modernization and their implications
  • Considers Jordanian concerns about both Iraq and Iran
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Written by subject experts and well-known researchers, the books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, first responders, economists, journalists, civil servants, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth reflections, thorough analysis, and international perspectives that are unavailable in mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students and researchers as well as anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


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  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

W. Andrew Terrill, PhD, is research professor of national security affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, PA. Dr. Terrill has published numerous monographs for the U.S. Army and has also published articles in The Middle East Journal, Comparative Strategy, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and a variety of other academic journals.



"This well-written, jargon-free book is useful for both academics and policy makers. Summing Up: Recommended.
Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections."Choice

"Based on English-language sources, Dr. Terrill's study is balanced, readable, and concise."The Middle East Journal

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