Jan 2015 – Dec 2016
While youth have often been the subject of reconciliation efforts, and there has been considerable research on education and its effect on youth, there has been very little investigation of youth as political, social, and economic actors. This project will examine youth on both sides of the Green Line, their hopes for the future, and their visions for the island. We will accomplish this by focusing on two important social changes and youth reaction to them: the financial crisis in the island's south, and the 2003 opening of the Cyprus checkpoints that changed possibilities for interaction.
Varosha: Between Human Rights and Realpolitik
Last summer Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots opened up the ghost town of Varosha, a suburb of Famagusta, fenced off and uninhabited since the division of the island in 1974. In this podcast, Mete Hatay, Senior Research Consultant at the PRIO Cyprus Centre, provides interesting background information on the ghost town and discusses the political implications of the opening as well as ways forward.