What Happened: Jordanian King Abdullah II has reshuffled parts of his royal court and replaced the head of intelligence, AP reported May 3.
Why It Matters: Ongoing austerity measures and a potential U.S. peace plan for Israel and Palestine are hampering Jordan's internal stability as Washington's outline for a peace deal could trigger widespread unrest among Jordan's large Palestinian population.
Background: Protests against the widely unpopular austerity measures already precipitated the departure of Jordan's prime minister in June 2018.
- Jordan's King Walks a Fine Line Between Domestic and International Demands (Dec. 5, 2018)
- Jordan Scrambles to Keep Its Economic Reforms on Course (June 6, 2018)
- Geopolitics of Jordan (April 12, 2018)