Curtis Ryan


Curtis Ryan is associate professor of political science at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Articles by this Author
Reform Retreats Amid Jordan's Political Storms

Betwewen Iraq and a Hard Place

"We Are All Jordan"...But Who Is We?

The New Arab Cold War and the Struggle for Syria

In his classic study, The Arab Cold War, Malcolm Kerr charted the machinations of inter-Arab politics during an era dominated by Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser. In another renowned work, The Struggle for Syria,...

Football Matters in Jordan

Celebrations rocked Gaza and the West Bank when Muhammad ‘Assaf, who grew up in the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza,...

Jordan, Morocco and an Expanded GCC

A recent report suggests that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) may be looking to expand…again. The report says that, during a March summit, the...

A New Diplomatic Rift Between Jordan and Syria

On May 26, Syria’s ambassador to Jordan, Bahjat Sulayman, received a terse letter from the Jordanian government informing him that he had been declared persona non grata and...

Refugee Need and Resilience in Zaatari

Not surprisingly, a visit to the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan is mainly a depressing experience. Yet there are elements of inspiration here as well.

Still Between Iraq and a Hard Place

The old joke about Jordan’s political geography -- that the country sits “between Iraq and a hard place” -- seems morbidly, and not at all amusingly,...

One Society of Muslim Brothers in Jordan or Two?

Jordan’s government this week approved an application to make the Society of Muslim Brothers a licensed, local charity, paving the way for a break between the Jordanian branch of the Brothers and the regional organization based in Egypt....