Internally displaced persons and the Cyprus peace process

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Psaltis C., Cakal H., Loizides N., KUŞÇU BONNENFANT I.

INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, vol.41, no.1, pp.138-154, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0192512119872057
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Index Islamicus, Political Science Complete, Public Administration Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.138-154
  • Keywords: Peace agreements, federalism, internally displaced persons (IDPs), consociationalism, political attitudes, CONFLICT, REFUGEES, TERRORISM
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The article focuses on Greek Cypriot internally displaced persons and their attitudes towards the island's reunification talks. We utilize quantitative data from two representative sample surveys, conducted in 2016-2017, which probed respondents on their views on territorial readjustments, property provisions and power-sharing. Contrary to the current findings in the literature, internally displaced persons status is associated with higher levels of support for a negotiated peace settlement. The article examines the impact of anticipated threats and economic opportunities accompanying a settlement and suggests a set of institutionalized mechanisms to incorporate the views of internally displaced persons and other disadvantaged groups in future reunification talks.