Dancing with Saddam: The Strategic Tango of Jordan-Iraq by David Schenker

By David Schenker

Jordan has lengthy served as a pivot among average pro-Western states and radical anti-American states within the heart East. because the usa pursues a coverage of 'regime switch' in Iraq, the commercial, social, and political results on Jordan can be pervasive. during this well timed and critical paintings, David Schenker, knowledgeable on center jap politics, examines the complicated old courting among Jordan and Iraq and provides innovations for U.S. coverage towards Jordan. This ebook is key interpreting for students of diplomacy and U.S. coverage makers.

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Privately, many members of the Iraqi opposition-be they Shi’ite, Kurdish, or Sunni-appear to be very favorably inclined toward the Hashemites. 6’ While these sentiments appear to be genuine, it bears noting that Iraqis were not always so fond of their Hashemite cousins in Jordan. The 1958 creation of the Iraq-Jordan Arab Federation was given a lukewarm reception among many in Baghdad who saw it as little more than “a family compact between an unloved and alien royal house”62 and feared that the price for the federation was that Iraq would have to assume part of Jordan’s chronic financial deficits.

50 x 98,000 barrels = $805 million. As payment for this $805 million, Jordan sends $200 million worth of products to Iraq. The Iraqi oil grant to Jordan hence amounted to $605 million. while viewed as favorable toward Jordan, were not as generous as officials had hoped. 8 million) were provided free of charge. In exchange,Jordan increased the trade protocol to $300 million, of which $50 million would be applied toward the Iraqi debt to Jordan. I0 Compared with prior Jordanian-Iraqi pacts, negotiations for the 200 1 protocol were not especially contentious.

56. “Arab Leaders Row over Iraq as They Await the Next US Assault,” Mideast Mirror, January 4, 1999. 57. See The White Paper: Jordan and the Gulf Crisis, August 1990-March 1991, The Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman, August 1991. This book is printed and distributed by the government of Jordan but not available for purchase. It is available in both Arabic and English. King Hussein met with Saddam in Baghdad no less than five times between July 1990 and March 1991. 58. Douglas Jehl, “Jordanians Pay Tribute to Late King and His Heir,” New York Times, February 10, 1999, sec.

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