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Jordan Country Research

Posted by [email protected] on August 10, 2015 at 5:35 AM

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COUNTRY

 

HANDOUT D: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COUNTRY

 

Government

Official country name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Governmental system: constitutional monarchy

Head of state: King Abdullah II

Official languages: Arabic, English

Region: Western Asia, Middle East

Allies or blocs:

People

Population and growth rate: 8,117,564/0.83% (2015 est.)

Major religions or cultures: Muslim 97.2%, Christian 2.2%, Buddhist 0.4%, Hindu 0.1%, (Jewish, folk religion, unaffiliated, other: less than 1%) (2010 est.)

Standard of living: bad

 

Development

Development status: undeveloped

Climate: mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)

Environment (problems, innovations, etc.):

limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Has this nation met the Millennium Development Goal targets?

Unknown

Economy

Economic system:

GDP and growth rate: $79.62 billion (2014 est.)/3.1% (2014 est.)

Major cities: Amman, Zarqa, Irbid

Infrastructure status (good, poor, etc.):

poor

Trade blocs/associations:

WTO, United States, EU

 

Balance of payments/trade:

Major exports/imports:

clothing, fertilizers, potash, phosphates, vegetables, pharmaceuticals/crude oil, refined petroleum products, machinery, transport equipment, iron, cereals

Major trade partners:

Iraq, US, Saudi Arabia, India, UAE, China, Italy

International Monetary Fund, World Bank positions (debtor nation? donor nation?):

debtor nation: $532.9 million (31 December 2014 est.)

Natural resources: phosphates, potash, shale oil

 

Energy sources:

Wind energy, Solar energy, Coal, Natural Gas, Oil

Military

Military organization: Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF): Royal Jordanian Land Force (RJLF), Royal Jordanian Navy, Royal Jordanian Air Force, Special Operations Command (Socom); Public Security Directorate

Percent of GDP spent on defense: 4.65% of GDP (2012)

Major weapons, nuclear capability, etc.: tanks, tank destroyers, machine guns, rifles, etc.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR COUNTRY

 

United Nations

Date admitted to UN: December 14th, 1955

UN dues payment status: Late (until July)

Has the UN ever intervened in a conflict involving this nation? If so, where and how?

Yes/in Jordan

UN went to Jordan and talked to Jordan and Syria

How does the country contribute to UN peacekeeping?

They pay the UN fees

Not participating in wars

Has the UN cited this nation for human rights violations? If so, why?

No.

What do you think this nation’s position on the topic of debate will be? Why?

Being Given enough fresh water to drink

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Try to find at least one recent article that is about or makes reference to this nation (preferably from the past two weeks).

Conflicts/Issues

What are four problems that affect this nation?

- limited natural freshwater resources

- deforestation; overgrazing

- soil erosion

- desertification

Ethnic/cultural issues, if any:

None

Refugee problems:

Too many refugees

Major conflicts both past and present:

limited freshwater resources

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