The present study introduces a revised adaptation of the “ethnic security dilemma” theory to explain the nature of antagonisms between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots in negotiations for resolving the Cyprus Question. The proposed theory accounts for security positions adopted by parties under conditions of fear and uncertainty. The indistinguishability of offensive-defensive positions and the perceived windows of opportunity have turned the negotiating process into a competitive cost-benefit problem marked by their distinct security considerations. Furthermore, the study develops a loss-framed negotiations model to illustrate likely choices when perceived costs outweigh the importance of prospective gains. The analysis concludes that although parties could be better off by cooperating, suspicion and distrust encourages defection by creating fears of prospective losses with regards to security.
Koktsidis, Pavlos Ioannis Dr.
"Negotiating Under the Security Dilemma A Loss-Framed Approach to the Question of Cyprus,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 24
, Article 4.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol24/iss1/4