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18 Pages

Limited statehood and the politics of security governance in the TRNC

WithMustafa Çıraklı, Umut Koldaş

This chapter evaluates the constitution of security orders in areas of limited statehood (ALS) through a study of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). It shows that the relationship between limited statehood and the specific security order is mediated by the nature of the security actors who possess power and are capable of creating security, or indeed insecurity. In the TRNC case, the distinct perceptions that exist regarding the dominant security actor bear important implications for security order and management of the conflict. As such, and in addition to offering a rich empirical account of security governance in an unrecognised state, the chapter contributes to wider discussions on governance under conditions of limited statehood in non-recognised states and in conflict settings.