This report explores changes in Jordan in the post-Hussein era. A review of developments in the first year of King Abdallah's rule shows an acceleration in steps to incorporate the country into the global market, an eagerness to become part of a regional "Pax Americana," and an erosion of the democratization process of the early 1990s.
This article focuses on two young men from Gaza's al-Shati refugee camp who were among the first Palestinians to "martyr" themselves in suicide attacks against Israeli soldiers following the Oslo agreement. The story of the two friends, culled from conversations with their families, neighbors, and friends, traces a common itinerary from early Fatah militancy and intifada activism through progressive disillusionment with the peace process toward withdrawal into radical Islam. In the course of the author's inquiry, a window on life in Gaza in the post-Oslo period emerges.
This article traces the course of the negotiations that culminated in the Hebron redeployment implementation agreement. In particular, it focuses on the shift in the Israeli approach to Oslo, which appears to have crystallized during the "tunnel uprising," and on the U.S. role. The author argues that the Hebron protocol and the accompanying American-authored documents make Israel's security and the "principle of reciprocity" the primary terms of reference of the peace process, giving Israel near total control over the future of negotiations and final status. The article concludes by showing the erosion of Palestinian claims through the Oslo process.