This course aims to familiarize the students with the major dynamics in contemporary Cyprus through elaborating the socio-political factors which have influenced the contemporary politics of Cyprus since the independence in 1960. The course attempts to address the history of multiculturalism, colonialism and  the emergence of conflicting nationalisms and focus on the internal and external dynamics affecting the Cypriot politics including the Cold War, Greek-Turkish demands on Cyprus, inter- and  intra-communal divisions and the major attempts towards resolving the Cyprus dispute