Signposts: Cyprus, the UK and the Future of the SBAs

Klaus-John Dodds, Rikke Jensen, Costas Constantinou

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The UK Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) in Cyprus are products of the terms and conditions attached to Cypriot independence in 1960, and are highly unusual territorial and political entities. Since the 1974 division of the island, the SBAs have co-existed with the Republic of Cyprus, the unilaterally declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and a UN administered Buffer Zone. Recent reunification talks between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots hold out the promise of change, however. Klaus Dodds, Rikke Bjerg Jensen and Costas M Constantinou explore ‘signposts’ of the changing landscape – both figuratively and literally – that help make sense of the current situation and also illuminate three possible future scenarios facing Cyprus, the UK and its SBAs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number5
Early online date7 Nov 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2015


  • Cyprus
  • Geopolitics
  • Security
  • Sovereignty
  • UK

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