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Asher Susser
Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University. Previously, he served four terms as the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. In the years 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, he was a Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics at the Crown Center.


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Jordan 2011: Uneasy Lies the Head


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Prof. Asher Susser
Middle East Brief 52, June 2011

Summary

In the Arab Spring of 2011, Jordan proves to be a case unto itself. It is neither Egypt nor Tunisia where mass protests led to the overthrow of the rulers, nor Syria, Yemen, Libya, or Bahrain where the opposition has been met with brutal repression. In this Brief, Prof. Asher Susser demonstrates that while Jordan has had its share of domestic difficulties, both the regime and the opposition have drawn on a reservoir of moderation. This, he argues, appears to have allowed for a relatively peaceful modus vivendi and for a gradualist, evolutionary approach to reform in place of revolution. 



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