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Jordan, the United States and the Middle East Peace Process, 1974-1991
Jordan, the United States and the Middle East Peace Process, 1974-1991
By Madiha Rashid al Madfai
Cambridge University Press, 1993, 279 pp.

Many were surprised when King Hussein announced in 1988 that Jordan would no longer bear responsibility for negotiations concerning the West Bank. For so many years American diplomats in particular had assumed that Jordan was the most suitable address for dealing with the Palestinian issue. This book provides useful background for the king's decision to disengage, emphasizing the multiple frustrations that marked his dealings with the Reagan administration in particular.