Dr Emile BADARIN published an article on Jordan’s challenges under COVID-19 in the journal "Mediterranean Politics"

Dr Emile BADARIN, Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, recently published an article titled Jordan’s economic, security and political challenges under COVID-19 in the journal Mediterranean Politics.

This article examines the implications of the continued spread of COVID-19 on the political, economic and security challenges that confront Jordan. It argues that the country’s response to the pandemic constitutes a significant juncture in the counter-revolt and counter-reform in the region. The reactions of the Jordanian government unfolded as a process of power consolidation in the office of the appointed prime minister while weakening the democratic institutions, organized socio-political dissent and civil society.

Through this policy, the Government has sought to pre-empt popular demands for political reforms and participation in a context where the rentier social contract has become unsustainable. The deferred Israeli plan to formally annexe parts of the West Bank represents serious threats to the tenuous balance in the country and its century-long security strategy. Although the survival of the Hashemite Kingdom has been at stake many times throughout its history, the post-COVID-19 confluence of challenges is unique. The country’s reliance on a conventional security-driven approach may not just fail to address the problem but could increase the risks.

The article is available at this link.