First Advisor

Harry Anastasiou

Date of Publication

Spring 12-31-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution


Conflict Resolution




Cyprus -- Ethnic relations -- Social aspects, Ethnic conflict -- Social aspects -- Cyprus, Nationalism -- Cyprus, Conflict management -- Cyprus



Physical Description

1 online resource (x, 99 p.) : col. ill.


It is important to consider the effects of past conflicts on the current perceptions of the people of Cyprus and of the future generations. This thesis contends that the ongoing division of Cyprus along with the many unresolved issues regarding past conflicts have had a profound effect on how the people of Cyprus perceive new information in regard to their future. The inquiry will explore the historical background of Cyprus and the affects of nationalism. The need for enemies, large group identity, divided societies and the need for dialogue will also be examined in relation to perception and new information. In light of the interviews and the lived experiences in Cyprus questions arise in regard to how the Cypriots will move forward to a solution that is agreeable to both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. With each person's perception being influenced by the past conflicts, pain and suffering how will they move forward? How has protracted conflict and nationalism influenced the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot perceptions to new information including a possible solution in Cyprus?


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