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Borders. What borders?

The iconic Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, once remarked that “the only thing Cypriot is the donkey”. He wanted to underline that Cyprus was permanently divided between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. He was wrong of course, as this photo from Cyprus’s Apostolos Andreas Monastery shows. There are also 'lots' of Cypriot cats who can wander freely between the Turkish and Greek zones in spite of the barbed wire and thousands of armed soldiers. These are “vanguard felines”. My work on power-sharing in Cyprus is aimed at helping their two-legged counterparts to follow in their wake.
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Borders. What borders?
Canada Research Chair
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Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Political Studies
Securing Successful and Just Societies through Scholarship, Governance and Policy
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Apostolos Andreas Monastery, North-east Cyprus
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John McGarry
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Faculty, Political Studies