States, Sovereignty and the Case of Cyprus

States, Sovereignty and the Case of Cyprus

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In this edition of the “Resources for Democracy” podcast we unpack the concept of sovereignty.

The primary understanding of sovereignty – as considered within the discipline of international relations – is that it is the central organising principle of the Westphalian state system.

However, debates over sovereignty have increased as the nation-state has aged, while there are a number of contemporary issues that place limit on the exercise of sovereignty. The rise of non-state actors is just one of those issues.

In this first part of our podcast we have enlisted the support of three experts to help us present and delve into different perspectives of the concept of sovereignty while on the second we hear how the debate over sovereignty is shaped, in the case of Cyprus, by the discovery of natural resources and the ways in which competing claims to these are articulated.

Supplementary Resources:

State Responsibility, Sovereignty, and Failed States

The Concept of Sovereignty Revisited

What is Sovereignty?

Sovereignty in Theory and Practice

Sovereignty – Modern: A New Approach to an Outdated Concept

The Changing Structure of International Law: Sovereignty Transformed?

The Cyprus Problem

The Cyprus Problem

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The Cyprus Problem has remained unsolved for decades. It has been likened in many ways to a Rubric Cube puzzle that cannot be worked out. This video looks at different definitions of what the problem is – how it could possibly be resolved and considers a number of research findings on the past and possibilities for the future.

Supplementary Resources:

The True Story about the Geopolitical Role of Cyprus: David or Goliath? [Audio]

East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets, and Regional Cooperation

Predicting Peace: The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index as a Tool for Conflict Transformation

The Stream: Cyprus: On the road to unification? (vid)