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Saudi Arabia Under Political Pressure after Pushing False Narrative on Khashoggi’s Death, New Scrutiny on Draconian Policies on Dissent, Jordan Ends Lease Agreement with Israel

Riyadh, Washington, and Ankara wrangle over the fallout from the murder of a Saudi dissident, Turkey releases a U.S. citizen but other foreign nationals remain imprisoned, and Jordan announces it will cancel an annex to its 1994 peace agreement with Israel.

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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.

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