'Jordan is an invaluable element,' President Obama said at the press conference with King Abdullah, as if their talks had been about hydrogen. They certainly weren't about gold: Jordanian hopes for U.S. financial support for their floundering economy; and its future security - were largely squashed.
Riad al Khouri , Riad al Khouri
Riad al Khouri is an Arab economist who lives and works in the region.
Last week's elections produced no surprises, but the apparent calm hides the fact that Jordan is in crisis. As the regional situation deteriorates, Jordan could come under more serious strain –with drastic implications for Israel and Palestine.
The Kurds’ only independent political entity is cozying up to Turkey to do business. How long can Iraqi Kurdistan stay in the quiet eye of the regional storm and avoid collateral damage?
The situation in Syria is becoming more ominous, and even less of a simple Manichean "good vs. bad.'