April 29, 2022

IntelBrief: Jordan Palace Intrigue Worries the Region and the United States

Yousef Allan/The Royal Hashemite Court via AP

Bottom Line up Front

  • Tensions between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his half-brother, formerly the Crown Prince, could potentially destabilize a key actor and U.S. ally in the Middle East.
  • Hamzah bin Hussein’s renunciation of his title of “prince” illustrates that his rift with King Abdullah was not resolved in 2021, as the Kingdom had previously indicated.
  • The rift within the royal family reflects broader schisms among other Arab states over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other issues.
  • Major instability in Jordan could threaten the ability of the U.S. to project power and conduct ongoing operations in the region.