Global Security Watch--Jordan

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Global Security Watch--Jordan provides readers with an expert, comprehensive overview of significant aspects of Jordan's security, including its political, diplomatic, and alliance-building dimensions. Examining how Jordan emerged from a small Arab kingdom with arbitrary borders and no clear national identity to a confident and modernizing state, the book shows how today's nation effectively copes with a variety of geopolitical challenges.

Jordan's close relations with the United States are examined, with special attention paid to ongoing U.S.-Jordanian cooperation in fighting al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies. The work also probes Jordan's involvement in many of the great conflicts in the contemporary Middle East, for example, that between the Israelis and Palestinians, clarifying Jordanian policies, while helping the reader understand many of the regional problems Jordan finds itself forced to address.

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About the author

W. Andrew Terrill is research professor of national security affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, PA.

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ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2010
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Pages
187
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ISBN
9780313366192
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Middle East / General
History / Military / Strategy
Political Science / International Relations / General
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