Militarism After the Opening of the Border

  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou


In this chapter, we come to understand militarism in relation to the border crossing and EU membership. The version of militarism that appeared in post-1974 Cyprus—the ideology of defence—has been undermined since then. The governmental, public and male disinvestment in the army have all come in opposition to the post-1974 structures, pointing to changing civil–military relations. The undermined militarist framing of the national struggle, an undermined image of the defence sector, cultural individualism and draft-dodging military service characterize militarism in modern Cyprus, which is moving away from the commitment of the community as a ‘nation-in-arms’. The support of a professional force is gaining hegemony in public and state spheres, with poor policy design on the matter.


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  • Stratis Andreas Efthymiou
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  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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