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Reuters/Jason Reed - U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at Al-Hummar Palace, in Amman, March 22, 2013

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Fortress Jordan: Putting the Money to Work

February 3, 2015, Sultan Barakat and Andrew Leber

In a timely Policy Briefing based on field research, Sultan Barakat and Andrew Leber assess Jordan’s vulnerabilities to regional conflicts and domestic pressures. Barakat and Leber note Jordan’s strategic importance to its allies but caution against it playing a front-line combat role. The authors contend that reducing threats to Jordanian stability lies not in “taking the fight to IS” abroad, but in strengthening Jordanian society at home.

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