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Next week, Jordan is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections. Coming in the midst of intense economic challenges and security fears, the vote will be the first held under a new electoral law, and the first contested by multiple Islamist movements. Curtis Ryan, author of Jordan in Transition: From Hussein To Abdullah, joins us to preview those elections and their potential significance.

Ryan is a  earned his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Fulbright scholar to Jordan.

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More from Ryan:

What to expect from Jordan’s new prime minister, Washington Post, June 1, 2016

Five years after Arab uprisings, security trumps reforms in Jordan, Washington Post, March 4, 2016

Deja vu for Jordanian election reforms, Washington Post, Sept. 2, 2016

Jordan heads to the polls: A conversation with Curtis Ryan