This commentary was published in The Jordan Times on 18/05/2011
The Gulf Cooperation Council leaders’ welcoming last week Jordan’s request to join their regional organisation came as a very pleasant surprise to both the government and the people of Jordan. The instant euphoria, however, has led to much confusion. Was the surprise message from the Gulf a signal of approval of membership or of the Jordanian request to join? Obviously it was the latter, but that should not detract from the significance of this decision, which marks a sudden change in an otherwise reluctant if not directly rejectionist reaction to previous Jordanian feelers.