Category: Opinion

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Jordan’s Dutch Disease

Back in the early 1970s, a huge natural gas windfall gifted the Netherlands a strong currency and a budget surplus, but failed to improve fundamental underlying weaknesses in the country’s economy such as its uncompetitive industrial base. The term ‘Dutch…

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No Half Measures on Jihadist Radicalism

Last year’s Karak Castle terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of nine policemen and one Canadian tourist, reminded us that the threat of the jihadist homegrown radical extremism has become a fixture of our lives and will be for some time…

Reevaluating the Grey Economy for Refugees

Reevaluating the Grey Economy for Refugees

As the Syrian refugee crisis enters its seventh year, the discussion on Syrian refugee livelihoods has shifted focus. The crisis is now characterized as protracted, and host states are taking measures to include refugees in the labor market. However, in…

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Books are Back

After being written off as just another victim of the digital media revolution, it is both surprising and heartening to see physical books sales thriving again. By Zeid Nasser After all these years of digital proliferation, which saw a big…

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Down, But Not Out

Liberal democracy is on the ropes the world over. But it won’t be forever. By Osama Al Sharif We may have missed our chance to see the day when liberal, democratic, pluralistic, and accountable systems of government take root in this…

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A Report to Revamp Public Transport

An important new policy report explains how to solve eight key challenges facing the Kingdom’s public transportation system. “Public transportation does not seem to be a priority of the state.” This was one of the refreshingly frank conclusions of a…

Renewable Energy

Green Investment Growth

Regulatory reforms introduced last year should soon begin attracting investors to help carry out large, state-led projects, particularly in the field of renewable energy. The Regulation for Organizing Non-Jordanian Investments No. 77, passed in June, eased capital requirements and other…

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Playing the Long Game

If we want our economy to prosper, we need to start planning for the long-term.

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Decentralizing Transport

With local elections taking place this summer, it’s important to consider transport planning in the context of Jordan’s ambitious decentralization efforts. As Jordan’s decentralization program moves forward, the Kingdom is slated to hold municipal and governorate council elections on August…

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The Gender Gap

Despite all the initiatives and grand plans of recent years, the number of women in tech is falling. The global percentage of women working in technology-related professions is actually lower today than it was two years ago. It’s quite disappointing…