Jordan has largely been forgotten in the IS crisis. Historically, Jordan has often found itself surrounded by instability. It has been stuck in the geopolitical middle between Israel and stronger, more radical Arab neighbors. It has also been the first destination for refugees from regional conflicts; Palestinians in 1948 and 1967, Iraqis after the 2003 invasion and Syrians after the start of the civil war. Now, IS is knocking at the door.
“The logic of securitization often works against effective risk management. A study published in the medical journal The Lancet estimated that the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States was only 13 percent of the risk of spread to the United Kingdom or France combined. The securitization approach, however, often leads to heavy-handed government interventions that do not differentiate actual risks posed to communities, states, and populations.”