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The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know [Kindle Edition]

James Ker-Lindsay
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the book is a very welcome addition to an already extended literature on the Cyprus issue, which is surely no small feat. (Marianna Papastephanou, The European Legacy)

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For nearly 60 years--from its uprising against British rule in the 1950s, to the bloody civil war between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the 1960s, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the 1970s, and the United Nation's ongoing 30-year effort to reunite the island--the tiny Mediterranean nation of Cyprus has taken a disproportionate share of the international spotlight. And while it has been often in the news, accurate and impartial information on the conflict has been nearly impossible to obtain.
In The Cyprus Problem, James Ker-Lindsay--recently appointed as expert advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Cyprus--offers an incisive, even-handed account of the conflict. Ker-Lindsay covers all aspects of the Cyprus problem, placing it in historical context, addressing the situation as it now stands, and looking toward its possible resolution. The book begins with the origins of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities as well as the other indigenous communities on the island (Maronites, Latin, Armenians, and Gypsies). Ker-Lindsay then examines the tensions that emerged between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots after independence in 1960 and the complex constitutional provisions and international treaties designed to safeguard the new state. He pays special attention to the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the subsequent efforts by the UN and the international community to reunite Cyprus. The book's final two chapters address a host of pressing issues that divide the two Cypriot communities, including key concerns over property, refugee returns, and the repatriation of settlers. Ker-Lindsay concludes by considering whether partition really is the best solution, as many observers increasingly suggest.
Written by a leading expert, The Cyprus Problem brings much needed clarity and understanding to a conflict that has confounded observers and participants alike for decades.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 019975716X
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (24 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00532P4QA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Ker-Lindsay is Eurobank Senior Research Fellow in the Politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He writes on conflict, peace and security in the Western Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean and on issues relating to secession and state recognition.

His most recent books are an edited volume on the role of civil society in the Western Balkans (Palgrave Macmillan) and an authored book on how states prevent the recognition of secessionist territories (Oxford University Press). His is currently completing an edited volume on the Cyprus Problem, which will be published by I.B.Tauris.

He has lived in Greece and Cyprus.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended. 21 April 2013
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I was recommended to read The Cyprus Problem:What Everyone Needs to Know when I asked a friend what a bi-zonal, bi-communal federated solution for Cyprus meant! After asking 'how long have you got' my friend suggested this book.

Ker-Lindsay has written a short, easily accessible book on a topic with a long and tortuous history. To have achieved what I believe is a balanced factual outcome on this subject, is to be applauded. Reading in April 2013, just after the financial events that have shattered the economy of the Republic, I can't help but feel that at least a couple of additional chapters may soon be written. The bailout /bail and also the discovery of natural gas, spring to mind.

Yes, I did learn about the bi-zonal, bi-communal federated solution and much, much more.

If you have any interest in Cyprus I heartily recommend you read this book. (My review is based on the Kindle version)
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise in Depth Review of the Problems 17 Sep 2011
By P. Waller VINE VOICE
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I found the book enlightening in its total items covered by the author. I lived in Cyprus working for the British Government from 1971 to 1975. I doubt Cyprus will ever be reunified in any way more than it is now. The main problem being the mainland Turks that came across and have now been there 30 years plus the Turkish military forces. Cyprus was possibly the last island in the Mediterranean upto the invasion that had not been ruined by the tourist other than the Lebonese that started to settle after their war. After the Cyprus war the southern towns just grew and grew and are simply no different to any holiday island now. Cyprus lost its innocence. The one good thing is there is now the movement between north and south. I think there is a lot that has not been written about in this book for whatever reasons. Cyprus without doubt is an important island for intelligence due to its position. The book by Brendan O'Malley & Ian Craig, "The Cyprus Conspiracy" gives more of an insight as to possibly why there was not too many objections from the USA to the war. As for the United Nations Peacekeeping, it really is a totally toothless and ineffective organisation on Cyprus. "A Sense of Some Heat" by Francis Henn highlights their effectiveness through the war. I know the years I was there and socilalised with both British and Australian UN it was nothing more than a holiday for them. "The Cyprus Problem" is an apt title for a book and whether James Ker-Lindsay will ever write a sequel, "The Cyprus Problem Resolved" we will have to wait I think a long, long time. For those interested in Cyprus this book is well worth purchasing.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing 19 July 2013
By James
Format:Paperback
I expected more and learned little from what frankly was a disappointing publication.
It all but skims over the 1974 invasion and the events between the 1st and 2nd phases where neither party complied with it's obligations; it does not deal with the complications caused by the political turmoil in Greece where the new civilian government was constantly looking over it's shoulder in case the army intervened once again. To my knowledge Kissinger had more of a grasp of events than the book gives him credit for.
On the plus side I thought it was well balanced; criticism by Greek and Turkish Cypriots is inevitable as their opinions are often prejudiced by their side's distorted interpretation of facts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone with interest in The Cyprus Problem would find it interesting to read but in my vie would not be much better able to understand the issues involved let alone any possible answers to the Problem. It is much too summary for such an intransigent problem. For those unfamiliar with the Problem it could a basic introduction to it but further reading is advised.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cyprus Problem 21 Jan 2013
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An essential background read for anyone contemplating a visit to Cyprus. A concise and well written illustration of the turbulent recent history of this beautiful Island.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 26 Aug 2014
By Kimon
Format:Paperback
Very poor. Displays a cursory knowledge and poor grasp of the issues involved. Indeed, some of the author's pronouncements are so ludicrous and ignorant, you wonder if he hasn't abandoned academic seriousness for the sake of ulterior motives. There has to be some explanation for the nonsense he spouts other than intellectual deficiency. You can learn more from wikipedia.
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