Rachel Bessette

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Rachel Bessette is an MA candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown University where she focuses on issues at the development-security nexus in the Middle East. She has conducted field research on violent extremism in Lebanon and researched the 2011 Hirak protests as a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan.

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Jordan’s Parliamentary Elections: Why They Do (and Don’t) Matter for the Kingdom’s Future

The assertion that Jordanian stability is of paramount importance to securing American interests is repeated to the point of banality. Yet, in spite of the clear prioritization of Jordanian security, little has been said about the parliamentary elections that took place in the Kingdom last week. There are several reasons for this. For one, the crumbling ceasefire in Syria is undoubtedly a distraction.