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De Facto States and the Threshold of Sovereignty

The Hellenic Observatory Research Seminar

Date: Tuesday 5 February 2013 
Time: 6.00-7.30pm
Venue: COW 1.11, Canada Blanch Room, Cowdray House 
Speaker:   Dr Rebecca Bryant 
Chair: Dr James Ker-Lindsay

Dr Rebecca Bryant is A.N. Hadjiyiannis Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

This seminar is one of a series organised by the Hellenic Observatory.

Taking the case of Cyprus, the paper examines how the ambiguities of sovereignty in the island have been accommodated by the supranational European Union, which admitted the Republic of Cyprus as a member while suspending the acquis communautaire in the island's north. The specific focus of the paper will be the EU's attempts to integrate the Turkish Cypriot community without integrating its institutions. What one EU diplomat has called 'engagement without recognition' is gradually becoming the de facto strategy of supranational entities such as the EU, as well as global big business, towards such state-like entities. 

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