National Security Institute Publishes New Paper: Jordan: A Critical Ally in a Dangerous and Vital Region

April 3, 2019
Contact: Jessica Jones

National Security Institute Publishes New White Paper:
“Jordan: A Critical Ally in a Dangerous and Vital Region”

Arlington, VA – On April 3, 2019, the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School published its latest white paper, “Why The Middle East Still Matters and Jordan is a Friend Worth Keeping,” by NSI Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Global Security Matthew R.A. Heiman.

This NSI White Paper:

  • Explains the continuing U.S. national security interest in the Middle East.
  • Describes the important role Jordan plays in helping the U.S. achieve its goals in the Middle East.
  • Offers steps that should be taken to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan relationship.

“As America pivots its focus towards China and Russia, it’s critical that we not overlook our ongoing interests in the Middle East — importantly our relationship with Jordan. I hope this paper brings needed focus and attention to this reality we can’t afford to ignore,” said Mr. Heiman.

“Matthew Heiman’s paper released today correctly highlights the continued strategic importance of Jordan to American policy in the Middle East and underlines how we ought build on our relationship with this critical ally; it is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how the United States might get our Middle East policy right,” said Jamil N. Jaffer Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute.

The paper is available here.

Mr. Heiman’s bio can be found here.

About the National Security Institute
The National Security Institute serves as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.  NSI draws on the experience of its visiting fellows, as well as its highly distinguished advisory board and faculty, to produce timely research and policy materials that deliver insightful analysis and actionable recommendations to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as those on Capitol Hill.

About George Mason
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states.  Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

About the Scalia Law School
The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is defined by three words: Learn. Challenge. Lead. Students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).  It has been one of America’s top-ranked law schools for the last fifteen years.