The argument that Jordan is a remarkably stable
country in a volatile region has become axiomatic.
Some contend that the Hashemite monarchy is
indispensable for the country’s stability. Nonetheless,
an in-depth analysis of Jordan’s political status
quo reveals the deep-seated cleavages that- if left
unattended- could jeopardize the stability of the
country in years to come. The advent of a political
awakening among Jordan’s youth- who display
unprecedented self-entitlement- and the eruption
of the Arab uprisings have left the monarch with
two options: either effect genuine reform to restore
the public’s trust in the regime or risk facing future
instability. This paper identifies the shortcomings
and imperfections of the current autocratic status
quo and assesses the prospects of instability. My
intent in this paper is to explain and contextualize
the intricate dynamics of the regime’s insistence on
reproducing the non-democratic status quo during
the Arab Spring and question whether this might
lead to instability in the long term in a changing
society.