George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


Setting red lines

​Setting red lines is really not a good idea. When one sets a red line, he proclaims that some options are off the table. He specifies how much he is willing to go in relation to a contested issue, effectively showing off all of his cards at once. Sometimes red lines are genuine, other times they are symbolic or a product of political maneuvering. Proclaiming something as non-negotiable is costly and should be done only with full awareness of the potential cost. Red lines are maybe useful when discussing the terms of the negotiations; that is, the conditions and the format of the negotiations, especially when there is room for getting once’s own prior to the actual diplomatic process. Otherwise, red lines render one vulnerable to the label of the aggressor; you become the person to...

Ζώνες και αποκλειστικά δικαιώματα

Δημοσιεύτηκε στο Φιλελεύθερο (31/9/15) και την Καθημερινή (8/9/15) Η Διζωνική Δικοινωτική Ομοσπονδία είναι το συνταγματικό μοντέλο πάνω στο οποίο θα βασίζεται η οποιαδήποτε επικείμενη λύση. Η Διζωνικότητα είναι το πλέον αμφιλεγόμενο κομμάτι του υπό διαπραγμάτευση συνταγματικού μοντέλου, καθώς εξασφαλίζει στην κάθε κοινότητα συγκεκριμένα εδαφικά δικαιώματα. Δηλαδή, οι δυο κοινότητες, οι οποίες εκ των πραγμάτων είναι εθνικά διαχωρισμένες, θα ορίζουν διαφορετικές γεωγραφικές περιοχές. Άτομα και πολιτικά σύνολα που διαφωνούν με τη διζωνικότητα, όπως για παράδειγμα η ΕΔΕΚ, ισχυρίζονται ότι η διζωνικότητα δεν υφίσταται ως πολιτικός όρος, και ότι η Κύπρος χρησιμοποιείται ως πειραματόζωο στα πλαίσια υλοποίησης ενός ρατσιστικού γεωγραφικού διαχωρισμού με βάση τις εθνικές ταυτότητες. Οι...

Should we reconsider the “Bi” in Bizonal Bicommunal Federation?

Published in the Cyprus-Mail under the title “Reconsidering the ‘bi’ in bizonal, bicommunal federation,” May 24th, 2015. Once the dual meaning of the term “Greek-Cypriot” is deciphered, then one must proceed to understand the process of misrecognition that took place during the crafting of the 1960s constitution. Non-dominant minorities have experienced their ethnic, religious and linguistic identities denied to them in the name of their membership to the Greek Cypriot culture. This is what I describe as the process of misrecognition, where the initial classification of a cultural group conditions the demands that the group is entitled to make. Such acts of misrecognition have been legitimised with the 1960 bicommunally-organised constitution, and perpetuated in...

Elections at DIKO: change of leadership, change of direction?

Nicolas Papadopoulos, the newly elected president of DIKO, is the son of the former president of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and is largely expected to follow the political path of his late father.
Nicolas has more robust preferences when it comes to the Cyprus problem, whereas the former president of DIKO, Marios Garoyian, was more flexible; something that can be verified by his alliances with both leftist AKEL and right wing DISY at the last two presidential elections.

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life


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