Öner Tangör, Neyyire Nilgün
The Cyprus Problem was predominantly studied as a protracted conflict of clashing nationalisms and the TRNC-Turkey relation was depicted as a “dependency relation” that developed between a core and a periphery. This thesis suggests an alternative reading for both issues and analyses their relationship from a critical political economy perspective based on a realist epistemology by using the “dialectical method of inquiry”. It considers the Cyprus problem not only as an intercommunal conflict but more pertinently as a statehood struggle that was shaped by, and also shaping in return, the uneven and combined development of capitalism (UCDC) on the island and by the contradictions of capitalism on a regional scale. TC statehood struggle is considered as a constellation of class struggle that was conditioned by cross-cutting and overlapping issues of ethnic cleavages and rising nationalisms and its closely linked to the GC statehood struggle hence they shall be analysed as complementary processes rather than competitive ones vis a vis UCDC on the island. The TC State is depicted as a capitalist social formation that is shaped by the changing relations of production, and the TC State-Turkey relationship is regarded as an “internal relation”, whose form and essence are constantly reproduced by hegemonic relations within the power bloc in the north, providing relative autonomy to the TC State vis a vis this bloc. The state and society in Cyprus are undergoing a neoliberal transformation in parallel to the rise of a new form of imperialism in the South Eastern Mediterranean after the 2000s that deepened the divide on the island across hydrocarbon politics.


The Emergence of Turkish nationalism in the Cyprus conflict, the breakthrough from 1948 to 1955
Uçkan, Rafet; Ertuğrul, Kürşad; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2012)
This thesis investigates the construction of the “Turkish side” in the Cyprus conflict in connection with the emergence and rise of Turkish nationalism in the island. In this line, with regard to the development of Turkish Cypriot nationalism and its historical background, this study focuses on the period between 1948 and 1955 in which the political propaganda for making Turkey part of the conflict was carried out by the Turkish nationalist cadres of Cyprus and Turkey. This study attempts to analyze this pr...
Kaytan, Özge; ZIRH, BESİM CAN; Department of Sociology (2021-10)
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Turkish cypriots and their others: an analysis of narratives about Greek Cypriots and Türkiyeliler
Hamit, Meltem; Erdoğan, Necmi; Department of Political Science and Public Administration (2008)
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Small state playing the asymmetric game: continuity and change in Albanian foreign policy
Açar, Dilaver Arıkan; Türkeş, Mustafa; Department of International Relations (2008)
This thesis examines Albanian foreign policy from a small state point of view.The main argument is that Albania as a weak small state developed close relations with the regional and great powers and align with them in order to compensate its weakness. An historical analysis of the Albanian foreign policy line since its establishment portrays a continuity in this trend except the short isolationist period. The study has three main objectives, firstly, it aims to provide an analysis of the small state foreign...
Turkey and Turkish/Muslim minorities in Greece and Bulgaria (1923-1938)
Emen, Gözde; Boyar, Ebru; Department of International Relations (2011)
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Citation Formats
N. N. Öner Tangör, “STATEHOOD STRUGGLE WITHIN the CONTEXT of a PROTRACTED CONFLICT; POLITICAL ECONOMY of the TURKISH CYPRIOT CASE,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2021.