The Cyprus question as an issue of Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-American relations 1959-2003

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Publication Date 2003
ISBN 1-59033-847-2
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This work looks at one of the longest running problems which besets the Western alliance, affecting as it does the workings of NATO, the integration and expansion plans of the EU, the relationship with Russia and Western influence in the Middle East.

Following an introduction the work opens with a chapter setting the historical context of the Cyprus dispute and the beginning of American involvement. Chapter three concentrates on the early summer of 1964 and America's heavy involvement in the Cyprus problem. The continued involvement of the US throughout that summer is covered in chapter four. The failure of American mediation and the decade following (1965-1974) is the focus of chapter five. The military coup in Cyprus in 1974 and the American role in that affair are addressed in chapter six. The resumption of Turkey's military activities in Cyprus and the US arms embargo against Turkey are the subject of chapter seven. The final substantive chapter looks at the period 1974-2002 and the importance attached to the Cyprus problem by the US in the context of NATO and the dangers of open conflict arising between two of its member states, Greece and Turkey. The conclusion is followed by a useful Appendix offering the viewpoint of the Turkish side on the Cyprus question and the European Union connection.

The work will interest scholars, students and researchers engaged in European Union studies, International Relations, and Strategic Defence topics.

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