Tensions brewing in the turbulent Middle East may soon thrust Jordan's King to center stage in the search for peace. Perhaps no king and no people today are more acutely aware of the need for lasting peace in the Middle East than are the King and people of Jordan. The stakes are enormous. Life throughout Jordan is better today than ever before. Since the mid-1970s, the country of Jordan has been enjoying an unprecedented economic upsurge. Though largely barren and without oil, Jordan has become one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. But continued economic growth is conditional on peace. Were a major war to erupt once again in the Middle East, Jordan's economy would be severely disrupted. Progress would be set back considerably - perhaps irreparably. The people of Jordan want and need peace. But Jordanians are becoming increasingly concerned over several disturbing external trends that threaten to upset all they have so painstakingly achieved.
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