The celebrations which marked the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union on 1st May 2004 signalled the end of a fourteen year process since the island had first applied to join - and the end of six full years of complicated and intense negotiations. Upon joining the EU, Cyprus was widely regarded as the most advanced of the ten acceding states. Yet this did not prevent the conditions of accession and its aftermath from bringing widespread and comprehensive changes to the internal social, economic and political situation of Cyprus, as well as to its external relations. "An Island in Europe" traces these developments, examining the process of accession and its wide-reaching repercussions. It offers an authoritative and comprehensive account of a critical phase in Cypriot history, from a range of experts in the fields of politics, academia and conflict resolution. The authors explain the economic, political and legal ramifications of EU membership and explore how Cyprus has endeavoured - sometimes successfully, at other times less so - to adapt to these demands. This book is an important contribution to an understanding of contemporary Cyprus.
It will be a vital resource for anyone involved with the politics or history of the island or seeking to understand Cyprus as a case study for conflict resolution.
James Ker-Lindsay is the Eurobank EFG Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics. His previous books include Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans (I.B.Tauris), Crisis and Conciliation: A Year of Rapprochement Between Greece and Turkey (I.B.Tauris) and EU accession and UN peacemaking in Cyprus. He also has a practical background in conflict resolution, previously serving as the co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). Hubert Faustmann is Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the editor of the academic journal The Cyprus Review and president of the Cyprus Academic Forum (CAF). He has published extensively on the history and politics of modern Cyprus and was co-editor of Britain in Cyprus: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism 1878-2006 and of Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond (I.B.Tauris). Fiona Mullen is the founding Director of Sapienta Economics Ltd, an economic analysis and research company. She frequently writes for the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Cyprus Centre of the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). She has also worked as economic adviser in the Secretary-General's Good Offices mission in Cyprus, the office charged with facilitating a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
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