December 2006 | Special Report No. 178
Jordan and Iraq: Between Cooperation and Crisis
This report is a part of the Iraq and Its Neighbors series.
President Bush's meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah on November 29, 2006, has brought new attention to the role of Iraq's neighbors. (Photo Courtesy AP/Wide World)
About the Report
Iraq's neighbors are playing a major roleboth positive and negativein the stabilization and reconstruction of "the new Iraq." As part of the Institute's "Iraq and Its Neighbors" initiative, a group of leading specialists on the geopolitics of the region is assessing the interests and influence of the countries surrounding Iraq and the impact on U.S. bilateral relations with these countries . The Institute is also sponsoring dialogue between Iraqi national security and foreign policy officials and their counterparts from the neighboring countries. Scott Lasensky's report on Jordan is the fourth in a series of special reports by the U.S. Institute of Peace on "Iraq and Its Neighbors." Jon Alterman's report on Kuwait and the Gulf States and Steve Simon's study on Syria will be published in the coming months. Peter Pavilionis is the editor of the series. For more information about the "Iraq and Its Neighbors" project, go to http://www.usip.org/iraq/neighbors/index.html.
Scott Lasensky is a senior research associate at the Institute's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University. He directs the Institute's "Iraq and Its Neighbors" project. The research for this report includes interviews with Jordanian, Iraqi, and U.S. officials over the past two years. The author wishes to thank Sam Parker and Kerem Levitas for their research support, as well as the reviewers for their comments.
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