Jordan Prime Minister Resigns Amid Protests To Austerity Measures
The prime minister of Jordan resigned yesterday amid countrywide demonstrations against proposed economic measures. The country has endured years of declining living standards alongside dramatic austerity policies backed by the International Monetary Fund. Lenders are demanding Jordan balance its budget and liberalize its economy, and at the end of last year the Persian Gulf monarchies cut off one billion dollars in annual aid, pushing the country to the brink of economic crisis. Joining us to discuss the political and economic implications of the resignation is Sean Yom, political science professor at Temple University and senior fellow in the Middle East program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He’s also the author of “From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East.” We’ll also hear from Gregg Carlstrom, a Middle East correspondent covering the protests in Jordan for The Economist.