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

Georgetown's Rachel Bessette argues that, although last week's parliamentary elections in Jordan were heralded as a step toward democratic reform, they did little other than accentuate the pre-existing political and social divisions in the country, while further disaffecting many Jordanians.