By Ghazi Jarrar (twitter:@ghazijarrar)
Entering its third year of conflict, Syria has imposed great challenges on Jordan. Among these challenges are, a major refugee problem, a security threat, and a big impact on bilateral trade. In a conflict that has ebbed and flowed more than once, Jordan’s national interests are in working with all concerned parties in the conflict. Ultimately, the desired goal of Jordan’s Syria policy should be to maintain a balanced stance, thus ensuring a working relationship with the ultimate victors in Syria.
Accordingly, this evaluation will assess whether Jordan has succeeded in its delicate balancing act between both the Syrian regime, and the Syrian opposition (military and political). Given the international nature of the conflict, the evaluation will also consider Jordan’s policy and relationship with pro-regime and pro-opposition international players.