National Security Priorities

  • Hayat AlviEmail author


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan faces many national security challenges stemming from demographics, regional and domestic political turmoil, terrorism, and water scarcity. These variables account for creating multidimensional security dilemmas. Generally, the kingdom’s security forces and apparatuses are designed to protect the King and preserve the monarchy. However, recent decades have proven that its national security issues expand beyond the fundamental challenges to the crown. The rise of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is traceable to its Jordanian founding father, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Jordan relies heavily on Western allies to assist in security cooperation to combat terrorism. This chapter analyses Jordan’s national security priorities.


Jordan ISIS Terrorism Middle East Security cooperation Refugees US 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Security Affairs DepartmentUS Naval War CollegeNewportUSA

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