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What’s Behind Jordan’s Palace Intrigue?

With internal Hashemite family strife spilling out into the open, Jordan's Western allies suddenly have yet another reason to worry about the Middle East. The factors behind the imbroglio are complex and not entirely clear; but there is no question that the challenges to stability in Jordan are mounting.

WINCHESTER – “I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse.” So said Jordan’s Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, apparently from house (or rather palace) arrest, in a video message shared by the BBC on April 4.