The United States and Jordan: Diplomacy and foreign policy at work in order to shape a stabilizing and pro-Western nation in the Middle East

Shelley Jo Burleson, Fayetteville State University

Abstract

Jordan is a small nation perched precariously on the cusp of conflict between the Islamic world and Israel. Yet, for the last four decades, Jordan has served as a stabilizing force in the midst of a chaotic region while forging and maintaining a friendly relationship with the United States. By recognizing Israel and signing a peace agreement with the Israelis, the Jordanians set an example for peace and cooperation for other nations of the Middle East. A succession of American presidents aided in the limited successes of Jordan vis-a-vis foreign policy and diplomacy. Through this slow and steady progress as well as a peaceful relationship with Israel, Jordan remains a beacon of hope in an unstable region. Jordan's stability represents not only an opportunity for the United States to maintain an open door to improved relations with Islamic nations, but also an opportunity for coexistence for the Israelis as well. ^

Subject Area

History, Middle Eastern|History, United States

Recommended Citation

Burleson, Shelley Jo, "The United States and Jordan: Diplomacy and foreign policy at work in order to shape a stabilizing and pro-Western nation in the Middle East" (2005). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1449347.
http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/dissertations/AAI1449347

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