NEW: Occasional Paper Series 1

by the PRIO Cyprus Centre and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

News –07 April 2016

​During the course of 2015, the Eastern Mediterranean witnessed the beginning of what may prove to be a profound geopolitical and economic realignment at the center of which is the Republic of Cyprus-Israel relationship. Against the backdrop of the apparent December 2015 breakthrough in Turkey-Israel relations, the Republic of Cyprus' relationship with Israel, while once seeming to form the cornerstone of a developing regional bloc aligned against Turkey, now seems to form the framework for regional cooperation with Turkey, providing new impetus for the resolution of the Cyprus conflict itself. This report seeks to analyze why this shift took place and what it indicates about the core dynamics that are shaping the relationship between the Republic of Cyprus and Israel as well as the strategic architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean region.