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Interview with Former Prime Minister of Jordan Omar Razzaz: Jordan’s Future


On March 27, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Ala’a Kolkaila spoke with Omar Razzaz, former Prime Minister of Jordan, about a range of topics affecting Jordan and the region.

Development and Economic Growth

Jordanian Economy, Education, Democratization: A conversation with Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz


JMEPP Senior Staff Writer Christina Bouri, and Editor-in-Chief, Ghazi Ghazi sat down with Dr. Omar Al-Razzaz on March 10th to discuss the Jordanian economy and labor market, the education system, the effects of climate change and COVID-19 on the Kingdom of Jordan, and democratization efforts in the country.

Law and Policy Used to Address & Aggravate Palestinian Isolation: A Focus on Case Studies from Lebanon, Jordan, Israel


Jordan Cope, Esq. explores how the role of law and policy has been used in three countries—Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, respectively—to both accelerate and to frustrate Palestinian integration. In doing so, the essay also explores the necessary history to contextualize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the status of the Palestinian diaspora.

Civil Unrest and Popular Discontent: What to know about the recent rift among the Jordanian Hashemites


The morning of Saturday, April 3rd, reports of an alleged national security threat targeted at the reigning Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II, by his younger half-brother, Prince Hamzah, were headlining news sources across the world. Recently, Prince Hamzah has been publicly critical of King Abdullah II’s rule during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  In a […]

Syrian refugee children - Mafraq, Jordan - UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Worsening gaps in education for Syrian refugees: Lessons from the early education response in Jordan


As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, reflecting on educational provision for refugee children in Jordan demands a move beyond the crisis approach.

Jordan: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward After the Protests


BY RAWAN ZEINE On May 30, 2018, as I sat in my apartment in Cambridge, MA, I scrolled through my Instagram photos of my home, Jordan. Usually, photos with the caption “Jordan is beautiful” are images of Jordan’s nature, heritage, and historical sites. But in May, it was different. The caption “Jordan is beautiful” was an […]

Beirut River

Dying of thirst: The Levant’s water worries


Water is the cornerstone of human life – but what happens to countries when they start running out of “blue gold”?

Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity
Satellite view of the Middle East

The glass half empty: Water in the Middle East


The Middle East is an arid region to begin with, but climate change is set to exacerbate the region’s water scarcity.

Environment and Energy
Syrian refugees in Turkey

Four innovative approaches to the Syrian refugee crisis


The number of refugees is at its highest-ever level, at more than 20 million worldwide. The Syrian civil war is the biggest source of refugees today, and neighboring countries Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey bear much of the brunt. Syrian refugees now represent roughly 20% of Lebanon’s population, which has put enormous strains on the small […]

Human Rights

President Trump: The Arab World’s Perspective


Since launching his presidential bid last year, Donald Trump has come under fire for promising to “take” Iraq’s oil, ban Muslims from entering the United States, and subject terrorism suspects to “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” So how does the Arab world – which is the focus of some of Trump’s most bellicose rhetoric – view […]


The Promise of Magdoos: A Sliver of Hope in the Syrian Refugee Crisis


BY MERISSA KHURMA, PANGYRUS This article is being published in collaboration with Pangyrus. A Jordanian woman in the Northeastern city of Mafraq had been nagging her husband for weeks to take her to the Za’atari refugee camp. Her request was a simple one, Magdoos, baby eggplants stuffed with walnuts and sun-dried red peppers and pickled […]

Can King Abdullah Keep Jordan out of the Fire?


While a March 2016 raid in Irbid, Jordan by the country’s security services resulted in the successful apprehension of 13 accused terrorist plotters[i], events both inside the Hashemite Kingdom and throughout the region may threaten the stability that has earmarked Jordan and its King as a vital ally in the U.S.-led fight against Islamist extremism […]


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