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Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace

A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict Edited by Michális S. Michael, Director, Centre for Dialogue-Global Reconciliation, Australia and Yücel Vural, Co-President, Cyprus Academic Dialogue
While 2017 offered much ground for optimism in resolving the longstanding ‘Cyprus problem’, a closer inspection of the differences experienced reveals the complex difficulties that surround the conflict. The impasse introduced a short-lived confidence that concealed the contradictory combustion of a ‘frozen’/dormant conflict. Despite intense high-level negotiations, a way forward has proved elusive, while local constituency expectations are challenging their leaders for control over both process and outcome. This dilemma lies at the heart of this edited volume.
Extent: 296 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 048 9
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
The UN-led Cyprus peace process is in desperate need of radical transformation. This book makes a notable contribution towards changing the current discourse by empowering the main parties to better value their relationship. By altering goals and perceptions, the authors explore alternative visions for the future of Cyprus, suggesting both realistically feasible and politically challenging ideas.

Using an exciting, innovative and multifocal approach, the authors discuss the practical application of specific solutions and explore the radical disagreements of the conflict at both social and political levels. Reflecting on the idea of a ‘post-settlement’ state of affairs and the prospect of such a reality, chapters illustrate the problems, challenges and political dynamics of Cyprus. The book explores the conceptual approaches to dialogue; reviews Greek, Turkish and Cypriot policies; probes the challenging roles of the UN and EU; canvasses Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot perspectives on the conflict; and, finally, offers dialogical reflections and debates on past and future problems.

Allowing open and expressive dialogue, this book will interest those in academic and practitioner roles focused on international politics, conflict resolution and peace studies. It allows for further understanding of the complex perspectives presented in Cyprus that have great relevance in other international settings.
‘Rare are the books in conflict resolution that truly engage theory to improve practice and learn from practice to improve theory. This book is a very welcome exception. This book is organized around a sense of possibility, commitment to the indefatigable work of peace, and a careful analysis of progress and set-backs over the decades. It provides all of these and from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. I predict it will become a handbook for the next, and hopefully this time successful, push for peace.’
– Jay Rothman, The ARIA Group, Jerusalem, Israel and Yellow Springs, Ohio US
Contributors: C. Adamides, A.B. Akter, D. Christofias, G. Christou, B. Ekenoğlu, D. Eroğlu, A. Günal, M. Hadjipavlou, A. Heraclides, E. İçener, M. Kontos, N. Loizides, M.S. Michael, N. Moudouros, Y. Omerou, İ. Özejder, S. Sonan, A. Sözen, M.A. Talat, G. Vassiliou, Y. Vural
Contents:

Foreword by Herbert C. Kelman

Preface

PART I CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES TO DIALOGUE
1. A new approach to an old conflict – identifying the problem and imagining a solution
Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural

2. Locating the Cyprus problem within conflict resolution
Michális S. Michael and Maria Hadjipavlou

PART II REVIEW OF GREEK, TURKISH AND CYPRIOT POLICIES AND POLITICS
3. What does Turkey want from Cyprus?
Altuğ Günal

4. Turkey’s geopolitical vision of Cyprus
Nikos Moudouros

5. The Turkish Cypriot dilemma: between Ankara and Lefkosia
Yücel Vural, Sertaç Sonan and Michális S. Michael

6. Greece and the Cyprus peace process: perceptions and misperceptions
Alexis Heraclides

PART III NEW ROLES AND ENGAGEMENTS
7. Refugees, settlers and diasporas in the Cyprus conflict
Başak Ekenoğlu and Neophytos Loizides

8. Re-engaging the United Nations in Cyprus
Ahmet Sözen

9. Greek Cypriot perceptions of the United Nations
Constantinos Adamides and Michalis Kontos

10. The limits of the EU in the Cyprus conflict: the Greek Cypriot perspective
George Christou

11. The EU’s role in the Cyprus conflict: a Turkish perspective
Erhan İçener

PART IV CONSTRUCTING TWO BINARY STRATEGY POSITIONS
12. Greek Cypriot approaches to the Cyprus problem
Michális S. Michael

13. Turkish Cypriot approaches to key aspects of the Cyprus problem
Yücel Vural and İbrahim Özejder

PART V MOVING FORWARD DIALOGICALLY: CROSSOVER REFLECTIONS AND DEBATES
14. Reflections on the Cyprus peace process
George Vassiliou

15. Reflections on the Greek Cypriot approaches: ‘virgin birth’ solution
Mehmet Ali Talat

16. Between the ‘feasible’ and the ‘desirable’
Dimitris Christofias

17. ‘Zero risk’ solution
Derviş Eroğlu

18. Reflections on the Turkish Cypriot approaches
Yiannakis Omerou

19. Reflections on the Greek Cypriots’ basic approach to the Cyprus problem
Aysu Basri Akter

Index