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Jordan: How to Preserve the Oasis of Stability

Anja Wehler-Shoeck

May 8, 2017

The Middle East Center recently cosponsored a talk entitled “Jordan: How to Preserve the Oasis of Stability,” featuring Anja Wehler-Shoeck, the Resident Director of the Amman Office of  German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

Jordan has so far managed to stay what many call an “oasis of stability” in a region in turmoil. However, the most significant challenge for Jordan’s stability currently comes from within the country, referring to both violent extremism carried out by single actors or cells as well as radicalization of parts of the population on a larger scale. This talk outlined the main challenges Jordan is facing and policy recommendations to address them, including German and American policy.

Anja Wehler-Shoeck is the Resident Director, Amman Office, of German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Prior to joining FES, Wehler-Schoeck’s assignments led her to Tunisia, Jordan, and the United States. She is the author of a number of German and English publications on the Middle East and is a regular contributor to various media with her analyses on Jordan, Iraq, political Islam, and security policy.

This talk was sponsored by the Center for West European Studies, Middle East Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington; and the Seattle Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany.