Jordan has always been seen as an oasis of peace and stability in a volatile region. But it is a country of limited resources and increasingly in debt. Conflicts in neighbouring Iraq and Syria have dampened trade and it is had to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Budget cuts and tax hike plans have led to mass protests, toppling the prime minister. Gulf countries worried about another Arab Spring uprising have stepped in with $2.5bn in aid. And the European Union, whose foreign policy chief was in Amman on Sunday, has thrown in 23mn dollars.
What is at stake in a country of huge geopolitical significance?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Jawad Al-Anani – Chairman of the Amman Stock Exchange and a former Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ibrahim Fraihat – Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution & Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
James Moran – Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies who served as the EU Ambassador to Jordan and Yemen
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