Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Jordan is a
country of many contrasts. It is at once
ancient and modern, formed as a nation only in 1923 and gaining independence
from Great Britain in 1946. Jordan is a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation
with distinct geographic and climatic regions. Jordan shares borders with
Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.
It is home for many Palestinian refugees (from 1948 and 1967) and, since
the 1990s, Iraqi refugees. It plays a
unique role in regional and international politics. The program is based in the nation capital
city of Amman. The city has grown
rapidly into a metropolis with over 2.5 million people and maintains a unique
blend of historic and modern elements.
The city serves as the political, cultural and commercial center of