Jordan’s Public Diplomacy

Since the 1989 reinstitution of parliamentary elections, Jordan has experienced a continued trend toward democracy and economic liberalization. Under King Hussein, these reforms have sought increased political interaction from all Jordanian citizens, with a steady democratization providing greater social stability and trade relations. With King Abdallah II coming to power in 1999, the country has undertaken vast economic reforms, with accession to the World Trade Organization in 2000. In 2005, Prime Minister Bakhit was appointed, vowing to continue developmental progress and combat government corruption.

In a speech given at the 2nd World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies in June 2006, King Abdallah II remarked on the importance of building informed, educated societies in the Middle East, a goal required of scholars and researchers. He highlights the great communicators of the world. The need to rectify the falsities revolving around the Arab world is most crucial:

“Among you are university professors and essay writers … and experts whom the world press calls for insight into breaking events. Some of you may sit on boards of NGOs. Others testify before parliaments and provide counsel to governments. No one is in a better position than you to correct false information and stereotypes about the Arab world … no one can better convey the reality of our diverse, complex societies … and no one can do a better job of focusing world attention on the interests most important to our future.�?

King Abdallah’s remarks are very similar to those made recently by Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar on global misunderstandings of the Muslim World.

Vital Information

  • Population - 5,906,760 (July 2006 est.)
  • Government – Constitutional Monarchy
  • Capital – ‘Amman
  • Chief of State – King Abdallah II
  • Prime Minister Marouf Suleiman Bakhit

Government Agencies

Private Organizations

Publications, Speeches, & Commentary

Important Legislation

International Broadcasting & Private News Organizations

Public Opinion, Statistics, & Information


  • Jordan First - Blog site maintained by five Jordanian brothers, offering opinions on various issues.
  • Jordan Planet - Provides views and articles related to Jordanian and general Arab issues.
  • Black Iris - Covers politics, society and other Jordan and Arab related issues.
  • Arabesque Rhapsody - Blog by an architecture student covering personal entries, art, architecture, literature and music related posts.

Other Resources

PbWinter 14:20, 20 Jun 2006 (PDT)

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