Understanding the Cyprus Problem: A Small Chess Piece on a Huge Board

Posted: 19 Jul 2012 Last revised: 9 Feb 2014

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Orhun Hakan Yalincak

State University of New York, Empire State College Alumnus; New York University, College of Arts and Sciences (Candidate)

Date Written: September 18, 2009

Abstract

The island of Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has witnessed an intermittently-bloody conflict since the latter part of the twentieth century. This island has over the past fifty years turned into a battle ground between the Greek and Turkish ethnic groups. Consequently, hundreds have died and thousands have become refugees and despite various efforts by third-parties, no solution has been achieved to date. This paper looks back to the 1800s to provide background and context to facilitate a contemporary examination of the external and internal history and dynamics of Cyprus. It draws comparisons to the island’s role as a “pawn” or “small chess piece” during the 1800s, to its contemporary role vis-a-vis Turkey and EU-Turkey relations.

Suggested Citation

Yalincak, Orhun Hakan and Yalincak, Orhun Hakan, Understanding the Cyprus Problem: A Small Chess Piece on a Huge Board (September 18, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2112576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2112576

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