Jordan: A Struggle for Peace in the Middle East

Date(s) - 11/16/18
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council

Jordan: A Struggle for Peace in the Middle East

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Rana F. Sweis, Journalist; Author, Voices of Jordan

Nestled in the heart of the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has played a pivotal role in the struggle for peace in the region. While neighboring Syria, Israel, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia have attracted an array of headlines—from sectarian disputes to proxy wars and social media revolutions—Jordan has not gone unscathed from the tensions surrounding it. Terrorist networks, the bordering Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Syrian civil war have burdened the country’s borders, resources, and security. Notably, it has become central to hosting Syrian refugees, with the Zaatari camp now Jordan’s fourth largest city. Yet, despite nearby turmoil, the Hashemite Kingdom continues to engage in strategic partnerships with adjoining countries and maintain strong relations with the United States. Join the Council and Jordanian journalist Rana F. Sweis for an intimate portrait of the intricacies and complexities of life in Jordan and the Middle East.

Copies of Rana F. Sweis’s latest book, Voice of Jordan will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.



Journalist; Author, Voices of Jordan

Rana F. Sweis is a Jordanian journalist covering political, social, and refugee issues in the Middle East, most often for the New York Times. She is also the founder and managing director of Wishbox Media, a provider of media training, research services, and creative storytelling packages. Sweis is the author of Voices of Jordan, a compilation of stories about Jordan and the Middle East told through the lives of ordinary people, including a political cartoonist, a Syrian refugee, a Jihadist, and a female parliamentarian. She holds an MA from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.