This paper expounds on the need to focus on a resolution of the Cyprus Problem and argues for a greater commitment to the Turkish–EU accession process.
The paper at hand expounds on the need to focus on a resolution of the Cyprus Problem. It also argues for a greater commitment to the Turkish – EU accession process, and the need for urgent high-level diplomacy incorporating all relevant parties to the dispute. Three lines of discussion ensue: (1) the centrality of what is known as the Cyprus Problem, (2) the leveraging of old geopolitical fault lines by emergent rivalries, (3) the necessary spirit to alleviate the growing assemblage of geopolitical discords. The paper argues that rather than dissonance, maximalism, and vindictiveness, the story of the latent tensions in the region must be driven by the will to negotiate now and in good faith. The more the melange of tit-for-tat tensions escalate and intertwine, the more pressing a resolution becomes.Download the Policy Outlook