An American Studies panel chaired by Dr. Naser Tahboub was held
at the Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II School of International Studies last
Tuesday. The four participating speakers in the panel (Dr.Debbie Abuelghanam,
Mr. Alain Mcnamara, Mr.Peter Neisuler, and Dr. Allison Hodgkins) focused on the
importance of the American Studies Program and the American-Jordanian relationship.
The American Studies Program is a multidisciplinary program. It
comprises many fields of knowledge such as economy, history, media…etc.
Students of this program will benefit from gaining many experiences and skills
including but not limited to research skills, cultural awareness, and critical
Furthermore, one example of the programs that support and can
further one’s academic and cultural knowledge about America is the Fulbright
Program Opportunities for Jordanian Graduate Students. This binational and
exchange program, which was found in 1996, helps students to build empathy
between the American and Jordanian cultures, share experiences, and widen
students’ horizons. Therefore, this program promotes human resources in both
countries. Such programs are not only knowledge oriented, they are also life
changing programs where one can study in the other country and get involved in
learning about the culture by dealing with people on a daily basis.
Mr. Neisuler stressed that the bilateral relationship between
Jordan and America has been over 70 years. It has not been only a military and
security partnership, where part of this relationship was education.
This collaboration with Jordan is based on some cornerstones. For
example, America maintains a good relationship with Jordan due to its strategic
role and importance in the region. Jordan is also a great ally of America.
Moreover, King Abdullah II has great efforts in fighting terrorism. Therefore,
the aim of this collaboration is to achieve and advance peace and prosperity for
Dr. Hodgkins singled out the American foreign policy in the Middle
East (ME). She defined very few preventive interest areas in the region
including 1) oil and gas in the ME that can promote the global health economy,
2) the geopolitical and strategic importance of Jordan, and 3) Jordan counter-terrorism