Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History

Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History

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Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History Michális Stavrou Michael (La Trobe University) Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 201 1, 3 1 1 pp. ISBN: 978-0-230-11674-0

Michael develops an overall assessment of the psychological and political dynamic that has far obstructed a resolution of the Cyprus problem, probing the internal political dynamics of the two main parties (i.e., the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities) whose dialectical relationship has developed throughout the intercommunal negotiations. The peace process strives to reach a political settlement to the Cyprus problem, whereas its broader conflictual parameters place the conflict in its overall context. The antagonistic relationship between Greece and Turkey frequently encroached on the relationship between the island's two communities. There was a need for synchronization between internal progress at the negotiations and its external context. Michael notes that the intercommunal talks and their state participants tended to monopolize the peace process. The obstacle to reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem has been the lack of movement on the part of the main parties. Civil society should be viewed as a conduit to diversifying the state's monopolization of ideas. Both communities had become supporters of the status quo, which they viewed as preferable to the uncertainties of any future regime that did not incorporate their maximum expectations, considering the incentives for change weaker than the security of the status quo. …

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