How Jordan Fits Into American Foreign Policy

Jordan is a critical part of the United States’ strategy to limit unpredictable economic and political unrest in the Middle East, to maintain Israel’s security, and to counter terrorism in the region. In the eyes of America, Jordan’s primary role is to serve as a stable buffer between Israel and hostile forces and to maintain strong American economic, political, and military influence in the region.

Syria: Ankara’s Simmering Problem

Turkey in Syria  Before the Syrian Civil War, Turkey was one of the loudest voices calling for regime change in Syria. When the fighting began, Erdoğan turned his back on any positive feelings that Bashar al-Assad and he may have still had and began supporting rebel forces (Aras 2012). Turkish…