Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy

Employment, Trade, and International Cooperation – Perspectives from the Region and Europe (Workshop I)

11.04.2019 - 14.04.2019 | 09:00 - 12:00 | DGAP Berlin | Nur für geladene Gäste


Kategorie: Jordanien

Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems, including high public debt, a significant current account deficit, and high unemployment. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after mass protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further amplified by its difficult external environment. An interconnected rather than separate challenge, it has resulted in a significant influx of refugees and a more difficult trade and investment environment.

The workshop, part of the MENA program’s project promoting the work of think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa, addressed a series of issues related to Jordan’s socio-economic and external challenges. 14 mid-level experts who work in the field of policy analysis and advice in think tanks, academic research institutions, and comparable organizations in Jordan and Europe took part in the four-day program and developed policy recommendations. Throughout the first two days, different sub-aspects of the workshop topic – such as unemployment, gender issues, and the impact of the Israel-Palestine conflict – were analyzed and debated with external guests. On the third and fourth day, the participants received training in policy paper writing and worked on their own texts. 

The project aims to strengthen the scientific and technical capacities of civil society actors in the MENA region and in the EU who are engaged in research, policy analysis, and advice. The event was realized in close cooperation with the West Asia-North Africa Institute (WANA) and with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa).


  • Dina Fakoussa

    Dina Fakoussa

    Programmleiterin, Programm Naher Osten und Nordafrika
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-30
    Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16

  • Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

    Programmmitarbeiterin, Programm Naher Osten und Nordafrika

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