Policy Paper: The 1988 Disengagement Regulations and Their Effects on Identity and Participation in Jordan

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This paper begins with a brief historical overview of the growing problem of identity in
Jordan by examining the disengagement regulations of 1988, the loss of nationality as a
result of the regulations, and the subsequent citizen revocations that have occurred into
the present. It then reviews the effects that disengagement and the revocations have had
on identity and political participation in the Hashemite Kingdom. The paper then
describes previous identity policies that Jordan has employed and, having analyzed their
results, suggests a more inclusive strategy for laying a concrete foundation for nation
building. The paper concludes with suggested first steps for creating such a foundation.

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