By Nicos Trimikliniotis, Umut Bozkurt

Cyprus is a postcolonial island identified for normal fuel reserves and ethnic divisions. This quantity provides a clean standpoint at the Cyprus challenge via interpreting the societal changes occurring in the island: socioeconomic improvement, inhabitants transitions and migration, and speedily altering social and political associations.

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Does Turkey remain the regional superpower? These are open questions for further research as well as political strategy; these questions must certainly inform any anti-imperialist strategy in resolving the Cyprus problem. , 2010; introductory chapter in this volume). However, they must also be addressed in their own right as well as each of the countries in a historical context (see Chapters 5, 6, and 7 in this volume). Also, they cannot be seen in isolation of the ideologies and structures of nationalisms installed and autonomously developed within the country (Trimikliniotis, 2000, 2010a; Anagnostopoulou, 2010; Kızılyürek, 2010).

The constitutional and treaty provisions were complex, confusing, and could be easily manipulated. At the same time these legal-constitutional provisions were perceived and interpreted differently by the ethnic-nationalist leadership of the two communities. It is this interaction between the competing nationalist projects over the State, exploiting the Republic’s structures, with the foreign State (or State-assisted) agencies intervening, that gave the Cypriot State its shape(s). The Cyprus State cannot be perceived as a “passive” or “neutral space,” not just a “battlefield” over which the conflict took place.

Even the global “Hegemon” may be forced to make such choices that may sacrifice private interests, or even wider “national interests,” in the interest of perpetuating the hegemonic system of the imperialist chain as a whole. Finally, geopolitical transformations are deep, contradictory, and longer-term processes. Alliances based on the notion that “your enemy’s enemy is your friend’ are highly problematic. Utilizing inter-imperialist contradictions is what “small players” do; however, there are serious dangers if Cyprus is to be closely identified with Israel: it may be caught in the cross-fire and at the same time push the solution farther away.

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