By Nicos Trimikliniotis, Umut Bozkurt

Cyprus is a postcolonial island identified for traditional fuel reserves and ethnic divisions. This quantity offers a clean viewpoint at the Cyprus challenge by way of studying the societal differences happening in the island: socioeconomic improvement, inhabitants transitions and migration, and speedily altering social and political associations.

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29 Many accounts on the general history of the British Empire make only brief and passing, if any, references to Cyprus,30 whilst studies on the US “new imperial” empire hardly mention it (for example, Johnson, 2004). There is little doubt that the geopolitical significance of Cyprus grew as the British colonial power was declining. With the ascendance of the Cold War, Cyprus was “a pawn” rather than “the jewel in the Crown,” but in the game of chess, as well as in politics, a pawn at a strategically important chessboard position may threaten the King or become a Queen.

BEYOND A DIVIDED CYPRUS 19 Notes 1. See Nairn (1997) on the significance of “Small Battalions” in the globalization era. 2. There was copper in the ancient years; there are remnants of asbestos mining by the international companies. 3. See O’Malley and Craig (1999). Cyprus measures 240 km latitudinally and 100 km (62 mi) longitudinally, with Turkey 75 km (47 mi) to the north. Other neighboring territories include Syria and Lebanon to the east (105 and 108 km [67 mi], respectively), Israel 200 km (124 mi) to the southeast, Egypt 380 km (236 mi) to the south, and Greece to the west-northwest: 280 km (174 mi) to the small Dodecanesian island of Kastellórizo, 400 km (249 mi) 4.

There is convergence amongst scholars that “Britain shed its empire to a junior partner in the establishment of America’s” (James, 2005, p. 671). It is not surprising in this context that for Cyprus, amongst other territories such as Aden, Malaya, Kenya, and Iran, “British rule was underwritten by the US” (Ferguson, 2007, p. 33 After independence, with the Treaty of Establishment, Britain would retain two bases as “British sovereign soil” to be used for the wider expeditions in the region, not only of the United Kingdom but also for the whole of the United States-led NATO alliance.

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