Jordan's Reform Agenda in a Transforming Region

Her Excellency Alia Hatoug-Bouran, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States

This year, following public demonstrations that coincided with broader movements in the region, Jordan sought to accelerate its ongoing efforts of political reform. In response to its citizens’ call for enhanced accountability, transparency, and a more effective voice in government, King Abdullah announced a new reform agenda that would include constitutional and electoral changes. These changes aim to strengthen political and judicial independence, and enhance public participation in governance. According to recent surveys, political progress in this realm has been publicly well-received, yet challenges persist as the government navigates this difficult period. At the same time, the Kingdom has received an invitation to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, a critical development for expanding trade and enhancing regional economic integration. Join Ambassador Bouran for a discussion on how Jordan is responding to the demands of its people, the latest on political reform and economic development, as well as her perspective on the Kingdom’s response to the transformations in the Middle East.

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