In 1994, Jordan and Israel signed a peace agreement and set out to create a 'warm peace' between their countries. The peace was to include an extensive network of bilateral economic, security and societal relationships and serve as potential model for future relations between Israel and other Arab nations. More than a dozen years on, following the abandonment of the Oslo process and failure of the peace that would deliver expected dividends to Jordan, the treaty itself remains intact, but relations between the two states, especially at the societal level, have not fulfilled expectations. Focusing primarily on the Jordanian perspective, Dona Stewart here examines the challenges involved over the last decade to create 'good neighbourly relations'.
Dona Stewart is the director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Georgia State University, Atlanta and associate professor of Geography. She is a former Fulbright Scholar in Jordan and Visiting Scholar at the Amman Center for Peace and Development.