Global Security Watch—Jordan
by W. Andrew Terrill
July 2010, 187pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36619-2
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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?

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
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, February 1, 2011

"Based on English-language sources, Dr. Terrill’s study is balanced, readable, and concise."—The Middle East Journal, January 1, 2011

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