Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies

Loizides, Neophytos G. (2015) Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies. National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century . University of Pennsylvania Press, 264 pp. ISBN 978-0-8122-4775-6. E-ISBN 978-0-8122-9217-6. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Why do some societies choose to adopt federal settlements in the face of acute ethnic conflict, while others do not? Neophytos Loizides examines how acrimoniously divided Cyprus could re-unify by adopting a federal and consociational arrangement inspiring similar attempts in its region. Loizides asserts that institutional innovation is key in designing peace processes. Analyzing power-sharing in Northern Ireland, the return of displaced persons in Bosnia, and the preparatory mandate referendum in South Africa, he shows how divided societies have implemented novel solutions despite conditions that initially seemed prohibitive. Turning to Cyprus, he chronicles the breakthrough that led to the exhumations of the missing after 2003, and observes that a society's choice of narratives and institutions can overcome structural constraints. While Loizides points to the relative absence of successful federal and consociational arrangements among societies evolving from the "post-Ottoman space," he argues that neither elites nor broader societies in the region must be held hostages to the past. To effect lasting and positive change, Loizides encourages stakeholders in divided societies to be prepared to identify, redesign, and implement innovative new institutions. Examining successful peace mediations and identifying the shared experience and commonalities between Cyprus and other divided societies promises not only to inform the tackling of the Cyprus problem but also to provide transferable knowledge with broader implications for the fields of peace studies and conflict resolution. Neophytos Loizides is Reader in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 10:56 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 16:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37075 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Loizides, Neophytos G.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0327-4643
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