Is Jordan Next?


Christopher Dickey covers the unrest in that country:

In one of those twists that is typical of the Middle East and common in Jordan’s history, the fact that a horrendous civil war is going on next door in Syria may actually work to Abdullah’s benefit in the short term. To be sure, some 200,000 refugees have flooded into the country of 6 million people. But the threat to regional stability is such that no Western government or Arab power wants to see the Hashemite monarchy go down right now. “The Syrian situation is most important for the outside world,” says [Labib Kamhawi, a former political science professor at Jordan University], suggesting that fact may have led the king to believe he has more room to maneuver politically and economically.

But the fates of other leaders who thought they were indispensable to Washington provide several cautionary examples, among them the fallen dictators of Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt.

(Photo: A Jordanian woman holds a sign reading 'God, we have no one but you' as protesters block a main road during a demonstration against a rise in fuel prices in downtown Amman on November 14, 2012. Jordan was hit by a wave of protests and strikes while rioting broke in southern cities and a police station was attacked, security officials said, as anger mounted against a whopping rise in fuel prices. By Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)