Debate On Dual Citizenship For Armenian Diaspora Addressed In Specia

DEBATE ON DUAL CITIZENSHIP FOR ARMENIAN DIASPORA ADDRESSED IN SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE OF DIASPORA: A JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL STUDIES

AZG Armenian Daily
12/03/2008

Diaspora

In the midst of the current Armenian presidential election and ongoing
debate concerning the form in which dual-citizenship would be extended
to Diaspora Armenians, Assistant Professor of Political Science Anna
Ohanyan’s extensive analysis of citizenship in Armenia and assessment
of the current proposals offers critical perspective to anyone
interested in the future wellbeing of the young republic. Ohanyan
highlights the possible effects of different dual citizenship laws
on the socio-economic and political development of the country and
argues the need for such legislation to further diversify the economic
players and make more efficient use of the financial and political
resources of the Armenian diaspora.

"The Promise and the Perils of Duel Citizenship: The Case of
Post-Communist Armenia," provides through an International Relations
and Comparative Politics perspective, a comparative analysis of
citizenship and the relationship between the state and society in the
Republic of Armenia, within the context of the drastic retrenchment
of the Armenian welfare state and the increased transnational mobility
of labour, capital and production.

The Professor then examines the two main dual citizenship proposals,
the government’s and the Armenia Revolutionary Federation’s,
and evaluates the political, social and economic advantages and
disadvantages of each before offering her own proposal, which she
presents as best suited to enhance the position of Armenia in the
global political economy and invigorate its level of civic engagement.

Diaspora’s continuous efforts to shed important light on current hot
button issues such as transnational networks, extraterritoriality,
digital diaspora, and dual citizenship are represented in this
special double issue that contains ten fresh articles that expand the
discourses of diaspora studies through analysis of Antillean, Arab,
Armenian, Chinese, Israeli, Korean and Latino cases.

The International Institute of Diaspora Studies (A Division of the
Zoryan Institute), in partnership with the University of Toronto,
has been publishing Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
since its inception in 1991, under the editorship of Professor
Khachig Tololyan. For subscriptions or purchases of single issues
please contact the Journals Division, University of Toronto Press,
email: [email protected] Tel: (416) 667-7810 or visit

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