Jordan and America: An Enduring Friendship
We are delighted to be joined by Bruce Riedel of Brookings to discuss his latest book, ‘Jordan and America: An Enduring Friendship’ (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jordan-America-Bruce-Riedel-author/dp/0815739265 ). This is the first book to tell the remarkable story of the relationship between Jordan and the United States and how their leaders have navigated the dangerous waters of the most volatile region in the world.
Jordan has been an important ally of the United States for more than seventy years, thanks largely to two members of the Hashemite family: King Hussein, who came to power at the age of 17 in 1952 and governed for nearly a half-century, and his son, King Abdullah, who inherited the throne in 1999. Both survived numerous assassination attempts, wars, and plots by their many enemies in the region. Both ruled with a firm hand but without engaging in the dictatorial extremes so common to the region.
American presidents from Eisenhower to Biden have worked closely with the two Hashemite kings to maintain peace and stability in the region–when possible. The relationship often has been rocky, punctuated by numerous crises, but in the end, it has endured and thrived.
Long-time Middle East expert Bruce Riedel tells the story of the U.S.-Jordanian relationship with his characteristic insight, flair, and eye for telling details. For anyone interested in the region, understanding this story will provide new insights into the Arab-Israeli conflict, the multiple Persian Gulf wars, and the endless quest to bring long-term peace and stability to the region.
About the Speakers
Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, part of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. In addition, Riedel serves as a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy. He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. He was also deputy assistant secretary of defence for the Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon and a senior advisor at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.
Majd Shafiq, an Arab public policy and capital markets expert who has held several positions in both the public and private sectors. These include serving as Executive Chairman of a Jordanian investment banking firm, Commissioner at the Jordan Securities Commission, Member of the Council of Commissioners for Sukuks, Senior Advisor to the Dubai Financial Market, Senior Capital Markets Consultant to USAID, Audere International – Head of Middle East Office, and Head of Direct Investments at an investment firm. He is a Board Member of the Amman Stock Exchange and Chair of the Risk Management Committee.