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Jordanian National Security and the Future of Middle East Stability

Jordanian National Security and the Future of Middle East Stability

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The United States and Jordan have maintained a valuable mutually-supportive relationship for decades as a result of shared interests in a moderate, prosperous, and stable Middle East. In this monograph, the author highlights Jordan’s ongoing value as a U.S. ally and considers ways that the U.S.-Jordanian alliance might be used to contain and minimize problems of concern to both countries. Although Jordan is not a large country, it is an important geographical crossroads within the Middle East and has been deeply involved in many of the most important events in the region’s modern history. In recent years, the importance of the U.S.-Jordanian relationship has increased, and Jordan has emerged as a vital U.S. ally in the efforts to stabilize Iraq and also resist violent extremism and terrorism throughout the region. Amman’s traditional role in helping to train friendly Arab military, police, and intelligence forces to its own high standards is a particularly helpful way in which Jordan can enhance efforts to achieve regional security. The United States needs to support efforts to continue and expand this role. Additionally, Jordan maintains a key interest in Palestinian/Israeli issues and has made ongoing efforts to play a constructive role in this setting. Helping Jordan survive, prosper, and modernize correspondingly has become an urgent priority for the United States in its quest for a secure Middle East.
The United States and Jordan have maintained a valuable mutually-supportive relationship for decades as a result of shared interests in a moderate, prosperous, and stable Middle East. In this monograph, the author highlights Jordan’s ongoing value as a U.S. ally and considers ways that the U.S.-Jordanian alliance might be used to contain and minimize problems of concern to both countries. Although Jordan is not a large country, it is an important geographical crossroads within the Middle East and has been deeply involved in many of the most important events in the region’s modern history. In recent years, the importance of the U.S.-Jordanian relationship has increased, and Jordan has emerged as a vital U.S. ally in the efforts to stabilize Iraq and also resist violent extremism and terrorism throughout the region. Amman’s traditional role in helping to train friendly Arab military, police, and intelligence forces to its own high standards is a particularly helpful way in which Jordan can enhance efforts to achieve regional security. The United States needs to support efforts to continue and expand this role. Additionally, Jordan maintains a key interest in Palestinian/Israeli issues and has made ongoing efforts to play a constructive role in this setting. Helping Jordan survive, prosper, and modernize correspondingly has become an urgent priority for the United States in its quest for a secure Middle East.

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 JORDANIAN NATIONAL SECURITYAND THE FUTURE OF MIDDLE EAST STABILITY W. Andrew Terrill January 2008
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as dened
in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in thepublic domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United StatesCode, Section 105, it may not be copyrighted.
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ii*****The views expressed in this report are those of the author
and do not necessarily reect the ofcial policy or position of the
Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S.Government. This report is cleared for public release; distributionis unlimited.*****I would like to thank Mary J. Elias, Dr. Norman Cigar, SarahE. Womer, Dr. Dallas Owens of the U.S. Army War College, andMajor David M. Burke of the U.S. Air Force, for useful and insightfulcomments on earlier drafts of this work. I owe Mary a particulardebt for carefully reviewing several drafts and generating anumber of useful suggestions and ideas throughout the lifeof this project. I would also like to thank Colonel MohammadSalim Jaradat of the Royal Jordanian Army for sharing his wisecouncil with me throughout the year he spent at the U.S. ArmyWar College, as well as during earlier discussions in Jordan andMalta. During multiple trips to Jordan, I was treated with greatkindness and openness by General Mohammad Fahed al Allaf, thecommandant of the Royal Jordanian National Defense College. Ialso appreciate the discussions that I have held with membersof the Royal Jordanian National Defense College’s Center forStrategic Studies under the leadership of Retired Major GeneralMahmoud Ohed Irdaisat. Other Jordanian friends from whomI have learned a great deal include Brigadier General OttallahButosh, Major General (Ret.) Adnan Obeidat, Brigadier GeneralSalah I. Qudah, and Colonel Yaya Ahmad al Qudah. Despite the
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