Citizenship as Political Tool: The Recent Turmoil in the MENA and the Creation and Resolution of Statelessness

7 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2014

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Zahra Albarazi

Statelessness Programme - Tilburg University

Jason Tucker

University of Bath - Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Date Written: January 8, 2014

Abstract

Citizenship has commonly been used as a political weapon, and sometimes a direct and devastating consequence of this is rendering individuals, groups or even entire populations stateless. This article, by considering the concept of citizenship through a legal standing -- where citizenship is the legal bond an individual holds with a state -- reflects upon the exclusion of persons from the entire nation-state system, when citizenship is wielded as a political weapon. More specifically we look at both the creation and resolution of stateless cases through the manipulation by states of its ‘citizenry’ during the recent turmoil in the Middle East. From these examples a key commonality can be drawn out, the exclusion/inclusion of those based on a perceived lack/sufficient loyalty to the nation-state.

Keywords: Statelessness, Citizenship, Middle East, Denationalization

Suggested Citation

Albarazi, Zahra and Tucker, Jason, Citizenship as Political Tool: The Recent Turmoil in the MENA and the Creation and Resolution of Statelessness (January 8, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2376426

Zahra Albarazi (Contact Author)

Statelessness Programme - Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, DC Noord-Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jason Tucker

University of Bath - Department of Social & Policy Sciences ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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