Frozen Conflicts and Politics of Territorial Citizenship

  • Maxim Tabachnik


This chapter addresses the impact of the frozen conflicts on citizenship and national identity politics of the three countries paying special attention to the politics of jus soli and territorial citizenship in general. It can be summarized as territorial integrity concerns. In Moldova, such impact was the most direct: policy-makers attempted to use citizenship to recover the connection with the residents of Transnistria and prevent further separatism. In Azerbaijan, the focus was more on preventing new separatism on the borders with Russia and Iran. Academic debates there continued to search for the solution of the frozen conflict in the ancient past, by establishing which ethnic group arrived to the territories in dispute first. In Georgia, existing frozen conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia only exacerbated ethnic nationalism leading to the widespread preoccupation with the extinction of the Georgian ethnos.


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  • Maxim Tabachnik
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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