The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed insights on the most significant developments in the MENA region, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today we’ll analyse the second edition of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, held in Jordan as a joint attempt to promote a dialogue between the main actors in the Middle East.
The combination of a long-running family rivalry coupled with asevere economic crisis, chronic political problems, and the unrelenting Covid-19 pandemic have put Jordan’s reputation as the Middle East’s most stable country at risk.
The royal family is no stranger to tumult, but it has been able to overcome internal disputes without a public battle. This time however, family spats have escalated into conspiracy charges and arrests.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region’s most critical issues and trends. Today, we turn the spotlight on Jordan - a linchpin for the region - where rumours of a conspiracy to oust the king have brought the country’s structural weaknesses to the fore.
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Ayman Al Safadi was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2017 and appointed as Deputy Prime Minister in Bisher Al-Khasawneh’s Cabinet on 12 October 2020. In the mid-1980s, Ayman began his professional career in journalism and communications, before moving into politics and then management. During this time, he was the Director General of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, Editor-in-chief and columnist in “Al-Ghad” daily newspaper, and Editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as an adviser to King Abdullah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State a
Amid the global turmoil caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan looked resilient in combating the virus outbreak. Jordan adopted harsh measures for the population and the economy with an unwavering intent to eliminate the virus. However, despite the proven efficiency of those measures in containing the virus, their economic impacts are still hard to fathom. These economic impacts show that Jordan’s real battle with the virus is not only on the health front but also on the economic front as well.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan represents a key partner and reliable ally for NATO, playing vital roles on NATO’s Southern flank, as a moderate force in a tumultuous region. But the kingdom also remains aid-dependent, resource-poor, and subject to crises from within and without. Yet, despite its longstanding partnership with NATO and with Western countries in general, the kingdom is too often neglected and under-valued.