Contrary siblings: Syria, Jordan and the Iraq War

Raymond Hinnebusch, Neil Quilliam

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Jordan and Syria, severed parts of the same country, were in many ways ‘siblings’: their systemic situation, as economically weak small states surrounded by more powerful enemies, was similarly vulnerable; their leaders at the time of the Iraq War were of a similar ‘modernising’ generation; the identities of their populations were similarly Arab-Islamic. Yet, they followed diametrically opposite policies toward the invasion of Iraq: Jordan bandwagoning with the United States and Syria defying it. This contrary behaviour is explained by their differential experiences of state formation and the differing social forces incorporated and identities institutionalised in Ba'thist Syria and Hashemite Jordan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-528
Number of pages16
JournalCambridge Review of International Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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