Changing the Cyprus problem: combining individual beliefs and institutional incentives to propose policy solutions
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 after Turkey reacted to a Greece-backed coup. Several peace attempts have been attempted, the most promising being the Annan Plan, which was voted out by Greek Cypriots. Based upon 21 semi-structured quantitative interview, I describe how many Greek Cypriots, both about the past and present, occupy positions with strong nationalist undertones. This rhetoric is fuelled by the Greek Cypriot establishment, who promote ethno-nationalist rhetoric out of self-interest, rather than peacebuilding ideas. Several suggestions towards peacebuilding are proposed, including providing contradictory information, providing information through experiences and training skills, as well as a change of the education system. The real challenge will be to implement these suggestions in a covertly-opposed political system. Here I see two avenues: (1) from the bottom-up by civil society or (2) from the top-down by international organisations.
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