On this week’s POMEPS Conversation podcast, Marc Lynch speaks with Pete Moore about the political economy and refugees in Jordan. Moore is an associate professor of political science and director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University.
Looking at how past events influence current relationships, Moore says, “What we see today in terms of the U.S. role in Jordan was incubated in the early 80s vis-à-vis the Iran-Iraq war.”
By the 1990s, “Jordan was caught between the demands of the U.S. regarding sanctions, but is stuck with of a transport sector and industrial sector that was wedded to Iraq and does not want to see that relationship weaken.” Moore says, “The regime wanted to hold on to those linkages…after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, those relationships will be looked at less in an economic realm and more in the security realm.”
“It takes the monarchy a long time, but essentially they vote to let die that industry and transport sector. And that’s one of the reasons for Jordan’s highest unemployment rate in the region.”
Read More from Pete Moore:
“The Bread Revolutions of 2011 and the Political Economies of Transition,” Woodrow Wilson Center and United Institute of Peace, May 2013.
“The Bread Revolutions of 2011: Teaching Political Economies of the Middle East,” PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2013.
Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World, co-authored with Rex Brynen, Bassel F. Salloukh, and Marie-Joelle Zahar, Lynne Rienner Publishers, October 2012.