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August 26, 2019

Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy: Employment, Trade, and International Cooperations

Perspectives from the Region and Europe

Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further augmented by its challenging neighborhood. Given the strategic importance of Jordan, it is in the EU’s own interest to support Jordan and ensure that the socio-economic issues and various regional challenges do not lead to a (further) destabilization of the country.

The following papers were written by participants of the workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on Socio-Economic Reforms and Jordan's Foreign Policy” organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Middle East and North Africa Program in the spring and summer of 2019. The authors analyze key challenges to Jordan’s socio-economic development and assess potentials for improved cooperation with the EU, while a smaller faction discusses the implications of regional developments.

The workshop is part of the program’s project on the promotion of think tank work in the Middle East and North Africa, which aims to strengthen the scientific and technical capacities of civil society actors in the region and the EU who are engaged in research and policy analysis and advice. It is realized with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa e.V.).

The content of the papers does not reflect the opinion of the DGAP. Responsibility for the information and views expressed herein lies entirely with the authors.

Authors: Nadim Abillama, Salam Abukhadrah, Mohammed Al Husari, Rana Aytug, Hassan Barari, Bara’ah Bathaina, Tomisha Bino, Eugenio Dacrema, Hela Manadile, Jessica Obeid, Bothaina Qamar, Sophie Schmid, and Tamara Taher

Edited by Dina Fakoussa and Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid

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