Tag: ISIS

Crossing Trebil

The Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq was reopened in late August after being shut for over two years over security fears. Trade has begun to trickle, but it will be quite some time before Jordanian exporters are able…

Hassan Abu Hanieh, author and researcher on jihadist groups

Wake Up Call

One of the foremost experts on extremist groups in Jordan is worried we’re underestimating the true scale of the jihadist threat facing the country. By Dina Al Wakeel Few Jordanian analysts know more about extremist Islamist groups than Hassan Abu…

Explaining President Trump

Now the dust has started to settle on the US general election, what are the key takeaways from Trump’s historic victory? By Osama Al Sharif Donald Trump, the flamboyant real-estate billionaire and reality TV star who has never held a…

Game Over for Online Extremism?

As well as steadily losing territory in the real world, ISIS is also finding it increasingly hard to retain control of its digital domain across social networks and messenger apps. By Zeid Nasser Social media platforms continue to play a…

Jordanian Truck Drivers

Border Closures Costing Jordanian Truckers Millions

Jordanian truck drivers have lost approximately JD600 million over the past five years due to the closure of borders with Iraq and Syria, the Jordanian Truck Owners Association said. The association’s president, Mohammad al Dawood, said overland journeys by truck…

The berm

Venture Explains: The Berm

What is it?  Aid agencies say around 75,000 Syrian refugees have amassed in a buffer zone around the berm and are unable to pass into Jordan or receive adequate aid as the border was recently sealed off by the Jordanian…

The Future of the FTA

Washington’s chief economic diplomat in Amman believes the 2000 Free Trade Agreement can be expanded to offer even more support to Jordanian companies. By Dina Al-Wakeel The United States is easily one of Jordan’s most important economic partners. At the…

Aqaba Rising

This month, Venture presents a snapshot of the work underway to realize Aqaba’s ambitions of becoming a major hub for everything from tourism and manufacturing, to logistics and cargo support. With its strategic location, state-of-the-art port, kilometers of sandy beaches,…

Easing Investment in Iraq

Momentum seems to be building behind Khaled Kanaan’s ambitious plan to break down barriers of entry into Iraq to promote greater cross-border trade, investment, and cooperation. But the prominent Jordanian businessman admitted that convincing more of his peers to bet…

OBG: Regional Volatility Hits Tourism

A concerted drive is underway to reinvigorate Jordan’s important tourism sector that has been shaken hard by regional instability. Jordan’s all-important tourism sector is having a rough time of late. According to the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the number of…