Jordan

Kuwait Promises To Increase Oil Production In Case  Of War

By setting limits on Iranian deployments in southern Syria, Washington could insulate Jordan from problems on the border and encourage Iranian caution in the east, potentially decreasing the likelihood there of a U.S.-Iran clash. If the U.S.-Russia-Jordan ceasefire agreement announced July 7 for southwest Syria holds, it would be an important new development in the… Keep reading →

Tension Rises In Israel Amid International Talks Of Military Intervension In Syria

At a time when Russia is firmly in the Syrian driver’s seat and Assad shows no sign of going away, brokering a deal to establish a humanitarian buffer area would be one way to address Washington and Amman’s pressing concerns about ongoing refugee flows. In recent weeks, fighting has intensified in southern Syria as Russian… Keep reading →

Life In Riyadh

Washington will be pleased to see Riyadh bolstering another key regional ally, but the potential development of Jordan’s nuclear sector could cause headaches, and the political costs for Amman remain unclear. In early April, Saudi Arabia agreed to provide Egypt with a financial aid package reportedly worth $22 billion. Less publicized, but perhaps equally significant,… Keep reading →

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Solid economic growth, low inflation, and comfortable international reserves offer a hopeful story line in a war-torn region, but continued chaos in Syria and Iraq will continue to threaten the kingdom’s stability. Jordan featured prominently in the June 20 commemoration of World Refugee Day — and for good reason. According to Jordanian authorities, Syrian refugees… Keep reading →

Tamar, The Natural Gas Production Platform Off The Israeli Coast, Is To Begin It's Natural Gas Production

Developing the abundant natural gas resources discovered offshore Israel is a complicated endeavor that involves considerable geopolitical diplomacy in addition to the traditional commercial details that must be worked out when building multi-billion dollar energy projects. “Natural gas is both a geopolitical tool and a target in Israel, where a newfound bonanza of resources has… Keep reading →

Tamar, The Natural Gas Production Platform Off The Israeli Coast, Is To Begin It's Natural Gas Production

The companies developing the Leviathan field off the coast of Israel have reportedly signed an initial agreement with a Jordanian power company for a multi-billion dollar, long-term natural gas supply deal. “Under the terms of the latest agreement, the gas is to be sold at oil-linked prices and will be delivered to a border location… Keep reading →

Jordan’s Energy Balancing Act

Benjamin Netanyahu Visits Jordan

A deal to buy Israeli natural gas can help mitigate the kingdom’s energy shortage and steer Amman away from problematic nuclear plans, but it risks stirring domestic opposition. In February, two private Jordanian firms signed a contract with a private U.S.-Israeli consortium to import natural gas from Israel’s giant Tamar field, located under the bed… Keep reading →

Scenes of Jordan

In October of this year, Jordan announced it had chosen Russia to build its first two nuclear-power reactors. Historically, Jordan has lacked access to energy resources. It depends on imports for more than 96 percent of power consumption. This means that a whopping 20 to 25 percent of Jordan’s national expenditures go to importing energy.… Keep reading →