Thursday, 19 March 2009

The Broken Olive Branch Volumes I and II

Long-standing Cypriot peace scholar and practioner Dr. Harry Anastasiou, professor in the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program and the International Studies Program at Portland State University and member of the Board of Future Worlds Center has published The Broken Olive Branch Volumes I and II and it is available for all to read. The work is published by Syracuse University Press, New York, under its Peace and Conflict Studies section.

We highly recommend this book to all our associates and we encourage people to read both volumes for greater depth and balance. From the perspective of conflict analysis and peace studies The Broken Olive Branch presents a fresh analysis of the Cyprus conflict, new insights on the influence of nationalism, and the prospects for peace (see description below).

Locally in Cyprus, The Broken Olive Branch Volumes I and II are available at Moufflon Bookshop (

Telephone +357 22 665 155
Fax +357 22 668 703
Postal address
1, Sofouli Street, 1096 Nicosia - Cyprus

Outside of Cyprus, The Broken Olive Branch is available at Syracuse University Press ( or your favorite online retailer.


At the forefront of its field, The Broken Olive Branch examines the dynamics of ethnonationalism in Cyprus, a country mired in a decades-long struggle fueled by ethnic rivalry. Harry Anastasiou’s analysis of Cyprus’s historic conflict examines the logic of nationalist thinking, assesses the rise of Greek and Turkish nationalism, and traces the division of Greek and Turkish Cypriots since the country won independence from British rule in 1960.

In the first of two volumes, Anastasiou offers a detailed portrait of Cyprus’s dual nationalisms, identifying the ways in which nationalist ideologies have undermined the relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. In the context of regional and global conflicts, he demonstrates how the ethnic rivalry was largely engineered by the leaders of each community and consolidated by the nationalist configuration of political culture. Taking a multilevel approach, he maps out the impasse and changes in ethnonationalism over time.

In the second volume, Anastasiou focuses on emergent post-nationalist trends, their implications for peace, and recent attempts to reach mutually acceptable agreements between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He documents the transformation of Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey within the context of Europeanization and globalization. While leaders of both communities have failed to resolve the conflict, Anastasiou argues that the accession of Cyprus into the European Union has created a structure and process that promises a multiethnic, democratic Cyprus.

Editorial reviews of The Broken Olive Branch Volumes I & II

“I have read with pleasure, the admirable book, The Broken Olive Branch, by Harry Anastasiou. I was impressed by the author’s synthesis of a comprehensive history of recent events in Cyprus, with his experience in peacebuilding there, as well as with a wide array of relevant literature on nationalism, ethnic relations, and conflict resolution. He provides an enlightening analysis and exposition”.

Dr. Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University, USA.
Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies,
Founding Director, Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts

Harry Anastasiou has produced an extremely important book for the conflict analysis and resolution (CAR) field because it is the first study that focuses on a wholistic analysis of the Cyprus conflict as well as intervention approaches from a practitioner on the ground with intimidate knowledge of the issues and the actors. I am confident that the book will be used widely both in the CAR field and related social-science fields because it is both practical and engaging.

Sean Byrne, Arthur Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice,
St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba, Canada.

“Overall, this real-world application of theories and concepts from the academic study of conflict resolution makes a significant and timely contribution to the field. It adds to the literature an in-depth look at a specific protracted conflict, analyzing its complex evolution over time, vividly demonstrating the realities of complex conflict phenomena”.

Dr. Benjamin J. Broome, Arizona State University, USA
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

“To my knowledge, there is no other book on the Cyprus conflict which so wonderfully offers a rich multidisciplinary understanding of the Cypriot experience. Moreover, it is written with clarity and compassion”.

Dr. Maria Hadjipavlou, University of Cyprus,
Department of Social and Political Sciences

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