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Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making
Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making
By Laurie A. Brand
Columbia University Press, 1995, 350 pp.

One of America's leading Arabists has written a first-rate book on Jordan and its ties to other Arab states. In doing so, she has also underscored the importance for Jordan of using foreign policy as an adjunct to its fiscal strategy of securing aid from abroad. To demonstrate the importance of such financial considerations in Jordan's foreign policy, Brand looks at relations with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. For those mystified by King Hussein's apparent support for Iraq in 1990, this book will go a considerable distance in providing an explanation.