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Papers and Reports

The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions and views of either the Diplomatic Academy or those of the University of Nicosia.

Syriza’s Victory and Greek-Israeli Relations

February 4th, 2015|

By Zenonas Tziarras & Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou The Coalition of Radical Left (Syriza) was the big winner of the Greek national elections of January 25, 2015, as expected. With 36.34% of the votes, Syriza and its leader (now Prime Minister) Alexis Tsipras won 149 seats, two seats shy of absolute majority.

A Note on Greek Foreign Policy under Syriza

February 11th, 2015|

By Zenonas Tziarras Much has been said and written about the foreign policy that will be followed by the newly-elected coalition government in Greece that consists of majority Syriza and minority center-to-right wing ANEL.

Lessons from Tikrit

April 3rd, 2015|

By Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou Watching the war evolve in Iraq, between the military forces of the country and the Shiite militias on one hand and the jihadists of the Islamic State on the other, one inevitably realizes the domination of Iranian policy in Iraq.

The External Security of Cyprus: Challenges and Potential Threats

April 3rd, 2015|

By Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou Whereas Operation Entebbe in Uganda on July 4th 1976 can be considered as an example of daring commando attempts to save victims of terrorism, the events that transpired in February 1978 during the intervention of Egyptian commandos in Larnaca can only be seen as a continuous historical reminder that Cyprus is also the easternmost part of Europe and the last “post” before the turbulent subsystem of the Middle East.

Lessons from Kobane

April 3rd, 2015|

By Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou The undoubtedly heroic opposition of the Kurds of Syria in Kobane who furiously have been fighting the Jihadists of the Islamic State is frequently compared to the stories of the women-amazons.

The Iran-P5+1 Framework: Prospects and Implications

April 29th, 2015|

By Zenonas Tziarras & Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou The historical provisional deal of Lausanne, between the P5+1 countries and Tehran for Iran’s nuclear program, merely concerns the definition of the framework of the two negotiating parties for a final agreement in coming June.

Political Manifestos and Social Change

April 30th, 2015|

By Evangelos Areteos The manifestos of political parties during elections may appear as rhetoric tools with plenty of promises, but in the context of the upcoming general elections in Turkey in 7 June, parties’ manifestos could prove to be sound indicators of unfathomable social and political changes.

Turkey on the Eve of Uncertainty

June 4th, 2015|

By Evangelos Areteos On the night of June 7th Turkey will enter a new and unmapped area where the main characteristics will be political tensions and uncertainty coupled with widespread feelings of defiance and change.

Turkey and Saudis in Syria

June 4th, 2015|

By Zenonas Tziarras In early May, 2015 it became known that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are supporting extremist Islamist groups in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Russians and the “Alawistan”

October 4th, 2015|

By Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou With the situation in Syria entering into a new abyss regarding the ongoing diplomatic game, things are starting to become clearer in terms of Russia’s active support to the Assad regime.

Turkey`s aspiring hydrological hegemony: The impact on the regional political security developments

October 27th, 2015|

By Constantinos Adamides Turkey’s geopolitical importance is unquestionable; in the middle of three regional security complexes – the Balkan, the Caucasus and the Middle Eastern – it has the capacity to act either as an insulator state when it is advantageous, as with the case of the ongoing tragic refugee crisis, or in a non-insulator and hegemonic manner with the capacity to project its power over its weaker neighbors.

Culture and Peace Building

November 23rd, 2015|

By Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis Culture can play an important role in the promotion of peace and in building trust and mutual understanding in conflict and post conflict situations.