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The Greek Debt Crisis And Southern Europe: Majoritarian Pitfalls?, Iosif Kovras, Neophytos Loizides Jan 2014

The Greek Debt Crisis And Southern Europe: Majoritarian Pitfalls?, Iosif Kovras, Neophytos Loizides

Iosif Kovras

Although widely debated in broader socioeconomic terms, the Eurozone crisis has not received adequate scholarly attention with regards to the impact of alternative political systems. This article revisits the debate on majoritarian and consensus democracies drawing on recent evidence from the Eurozone debacle. Greece is particularly interesting both with regards to its potential ‘global spillover effects’ and choice of political system. Despite facing comparable challenges as Portugal and Spain, the country has become polarized socially and politically, seeing a record number of MP defections, electoral volatility and the rise of the militant extreme right. The article explains why Greece, the ...


Explaining Prolonged Silences In Transitional Justice: The Disappeared In Cyprus And Spain, Iosif Kovras Jun 2013

Explaining Prolonged Silences In Transitional Justice: The Disappeared In Cyprus And Spain, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

The article examines why some postconflict societies defer the recovery of those who forcibly disappeared as a result of political violence, even after a fully fledged democratic regime is consolidated. The prolonged silences in Cyprus and Spain contradict the experience of other countries such as Bosnia, Guatemala, and South Africa, where truth recovery for disappeared or missing persons was a central element of the transition to peace and democracy. Exhumations of mass graves containing the victims from the two periods of violence in Cyprus (1963–1974) and the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) was delayed up until the early 2000s ...


Cultures Of Rioting And Anti-Systemic Movements In Southern Europe, Katia Andronikidou, Iosif Kovras Jan 2012

Cultures Of Rioting And Anti-Systemic Movements In Southern Europe, Katia Andronikidou, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

The article investigates why, despite similar background conditions, Greece has been the site of frequent, highly visible, fringe, anti-system politics and street riots, while similar phenomena are rare in Spain. Although the article’s focal point is the eruption of the December 2008 riots in Athens, it sheds light on the two countries’ diverse social reactions to the sovereign debt crisis. Deploying the tool of media framing, it argues that historical legacies and political cultures matter. In the Greek case, the transition to democracy shaped a political ‘culture of sympathy’ towards acts of resistance to the state, a culture that ...


Delinkage Processes And Grassroots Movements In Transitional Justice, Iosif Kovras Jan 2012

Delinkage Processes And Grassroots Movements In Transitional Justice, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

Transitional justice literature has highlighted a negative relationship between enforced disappearances and reconciliation in post-conflict settings. Little attention has been paid to how human rights issues can become stepping-stones to reconciliation. The article explains the transformation of the Cypriot Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) from an inoperative body into a successful humanitarian forum, paving the way for the pro-rapprochement bi-communal grassroots mobilization of the relatives of the missing. By juxtaposing the experience of Cyprus with other societies confronting similar problems, the article shows how the issue of the missing can become a driving force for reconciliation. The findings indicate that ...


Non-Apologies And Prolonged Silences In Post-Conflict Settings: The Case Of Post-Colonial Cyprus, Kathleen Ireton, Iosif Kovras Jan 2012

Non-Apologies And Prolonged Silences In Post-Conflict Settings: The Case Of Post-Colonial Cyprus, Kathleen Ireton, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

Despite the growing use of apologies in post-conflict settings, cases of non-apology remain unaddressed and continue to puzzle scholars. This article focuses on the absence of apology by non-state and anti-state actors by examining the case of the Cypriot armed group EOKA, which has refused to offer an apology to the civilian victims of its ‘anti-colonial’ struggle (1955–1959). Using field data and parliamentary debates, and drawing on comparisons, this article analyses the factors that contributed to a lack of apology. It is argued that the inherited timelessness of Greek nationalism, and the impression of a perpetual need for defence ...


Protracted Peace Processes: Policy (Un)Learning And The Cyprus Debacle, Iosif Kovras, Neophytos Loizides Jan 2012

Protracted Peace Processes: Policy (Un)Learning And The Cyprus Debacle, Iosif Kovras, Neophytos Loizides

Iosif Kovras

The article examines why a comprehensive settlement to resolve the Cyprus problem has yet to be reached despite the existence of a positive incentive structure and the proactive involvement of regional and international organizations, including the European Union and the United Nations. To address this question, evidence from critical turning points in foreign policy decision-making in Turkey, Greece and the two communities in Cyprus is drawn on. The role of hegemonic political discourses is emphasized, and it is argued that the latter have prevented an accurate evaluation of incentives that could have set the stage for a constructive settlement. However ...


The Un’S Moral Responsibility In The “Spill-Over” Of Genocide From Rwanda To The Democratic Republic Of Congo, Iosif Kovras Jan 2011

The Un’S Moral Responsibility In The “Spill-Over” Of Genocide From Rwanda To The Democratic Republic Of Congo, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

No abstract provided.


Truth And Justice In The Managment Of The Greek Debt Crisis [In Greek], Iosif Kovras Jan 2011

Truth And Justice In The Managment Of The Greek Debt Crisis [In Greek], Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

No abstract provided.


The Parliamentary Election In Greece, October 2009’, Iosif Kovras Jan 2010

The Parliamentary Election In Greece, October 2009’, Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

No abstract provided.


Book Review Of Jennifer Lind, Sorry States: Apologies In International Politics, The Athens Review Of Books [In Greek], Iosif Kovras Jan 2010

Book Review Of Jennifer Lind, Sorry States: Apologies In International Politics, The Athens Review Of Books [In Greek], Iosif Kovras

Iosif Kovras

No abstract provided.