Jordan is a small developing country in the Middle East with an evolving set of national security problems. While studying in Amman for an academic year, I held an internship with the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS). The organization connects international development agencies with local professionals and scientists in order to improve Jordan’s national security. Instead of strictly defining national security to military matters, MESIS focuses on comprehensive border, energy, environmental, and weapon security. This holistic approach will prepare Jordan for a changing political future. Expanding this approach to the rest of the Middle East would help with pressing environmental concerns, sustainable growth, and regional military security.
Erinn Voas, ’15
Arabic and International Relations
Sponsor: Lynne Ikach