At the forefront of its field, The Broken Olive Branch examines the dynamics of ethnonationalism in Cyprus, a country torn in two by decades-long struggles fueled by ethnic rivalry. Harry Anastasiou’s analysis of Cyprus’s historic conflict through the lens of conflict analysis and resolution traces the division of Greek and Turkish Cypriots since the country’s independence from British rule and mediation in 1960.
In the first of two volumes, Anastasiou offers a detailed portrait of Cyprus’s dual nationalisms, identifying the ways in which the ideologies undermined the relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The author demonstrates how the ethnic rivalry was largely engineered by the leaders of each community. Taking a multilevel approach, he maps out the changes in ethnonationalism over time, tracing the impact of political leadership and international relations.
In the second volume, Anastasiou focuses on recent attempts to reach mutually acceptable agreements between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. He documents the transformation of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey within the context of globalization. While leaders of both communities have failed to resolve the conflict, Anastasiou argues that the accession of Cyprus into the European Union has created a structure and process that will eventually yield a multi-ethnic, democratic Cypus. With great depth and balance, The Broken Olive Branch presents new insights and a fresh analysis of the Cyprus conflict and the influence of nationalism.
Harry Anastasiou is associate professor in the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program and an affiliate of the International Studies Program at Portland State University. He has written numerous articles in the field of peace and conflict resolution.
6 x 9, 264 pages