Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace
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Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace

A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict

Edited by Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural

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.
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Chapter 2: Locating the Cyprus problem within conflict resolution

Michális S. Michael and Maria Hadjipavlou


In this chapter Michael and Hadjipavlou situate the Cyprus conflict within the historical discourse of conflict analysis and resolution and reflect on how the case study has both informed and been informed by the discourse. They then proceed in surveying the whole foray of conflict resolution interventions at the citizens’ level – especially, but not exclusively, since the partial lifting of restrictions to movement in 2003 – and review their impact on elite thinking. Michael and Hadjipavlou conclude by assessing Cypriot bicommunalism and its transferability on both decision making and public opinion processes.

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