Is Jordan at risk of an Arab Spring?

The article presents an overview of the recent developments in Jordan, reviewing the demonstrations against the monarchy in the context of the Arab Spring. In this regard, the author argues that the protests herald serious change in the country; this is the first time in the 90-year history of the royal dynasty that people have called to topple the King. However, as the author highlights, there are many factors indicating that Jordanians are still loyal to their monarch and will not go to the extent of removing him. Moreover, the strong legitimacy that the King enjoys as the symbol of national unity makes any radical change unlikely. Even so, as the author concludes, the Jordanian monarch will not be able to continue enjoying an absolute monarchy, and futile political reforms will not satisfy the public appetite for political change.

Authors: Fatima el Issawi