The Cyprus Conflict Through the Lens of Securitization Processes

  • Constantinos AdamidesEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter brings together the securitization and conflict-related theoretical work presented in Chapters  1 and  2 respectively, along with the historical and sociopolitical context of the conflict as analyzed in the historical synopsis of the case study (Chapter  3) and provides the empirical support for the theoretical arguments as developed in the previous chapter. Specifically, it presents two of the most important pivotal events, namely the Turkish invasion in 1974 and the Annan Plan of 2004, and the impact they had in the development of the different modes of securitization as explained in Chapter  4. Furthermore, it presents the impact a deeply securitized environment has on the societal context and how the latter influences the perpetuation of the former. The evidence relies primarily on publicly available public opinion polls, as well as surveys, interviews and roundtables conducted for the purpose of this research.


Cyprus conflict Turkey Existential threat Routinized securitization Perpetuation of conflict Pivotal events Bottom-up and horizontal securitization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus

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