Jordanian Foreign Policy And The Arab Spring

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Curtis R. Ryan Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The Arab Spring may have begun in Tunisia in December 2010 with mass protests that ultimately toppled the regime of Zine El Abidin Ben Ali, but that same month, protesters also gathered in Amman's streets, demanding political change. The Jordanian demonstrations were never as large as those in Tunisia and were certainly not comparable to the mass protest rallies in Egypt's Tahrir Square. They also differed in focus, calling for reform but not for regime change or revolution. Initially, they demanded the ouster of the government of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, and succeeded. But even after the shift in royally appointed governments, protesters continued to gather almost every Friday for the next several years, calling for more reform within the Hashemite kingdom.

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Ryan, C.R. (2014), Jordanian Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring. Middle East Policy, 21: 144-153. doi:10.1111/mepo.12064. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2014
RECAPP 2020, Arab Spring, Jordan, foreign policy, United States, European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council

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