March 21, 2012, 6:38 p.m.
International Crisis Group (ICG) has published a new report entitled "Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East: Dally With Reform In A Divided Jordan." This report seeks to take a closer look into the changing political climate within the Kingdom of Jordan. Old divisions between the "East Bankers" and the Palestinian-Jordanian populations had, in the past, helped the monarchy play one group against the other in order to solidify power. Although both communities still hold feelings of distrust towards one another, common frustrations with the regime's policies may be a signal of possible change. Currently, the monarchy has implemented reforms in order to subdued protests. While successful, these reforms have not seemed to tap into the root causes of the population's anger.