This policy brief finds that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s (Jordan’s) state legitimacy is declining. Jordan’s currently classified as a brittle state as the general function of the state is particularly fragile, yet the Jordanian government’s slow pace in curbing corruption and slow economic growth has resulted in large scale group grievances of the middle and working class towards the state. The decline of legitimacy will continue if the economic situation worsens. Legitimacy will also deteriorate if the state does not act on the pressing issues of corruption, migration and effects of climate change. If this trend persists Jordan could become a fragile state. Therefore, we recommend that the Government of Canada expand the scope of economic and infrastructural development, along with technical support in combating corruption.

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