The Rise of the Republic of Cyprus’ Defence Diplomacy in Its Neighbourhood

By Marinos Papaioakeim

Despite the fact that Cyprus is a small state in the international system, with all that this entails in the exercise of diplomatic practice, the Republic of Cyprus (RoC), particularly in the last ten years, has taken several initiatives for activities that fall in the realm of defence diplomacy. The overall objective of this article is to examine the bilateral defence diplomacy initiatives of the RoC with its neighbouring states in the Eastern Mediterranean, such as Israel, Eg ypt, Jordan and Lebanon in the period 2010 – 2017.