Below are links to free-to-read longer-form articles and podcasts on the Cyprus problem, energy and the economy by Fiona Mullen, Director of Sapienta Economics, in 2024. Links to 2023 and 2022 articles are on their way.

Cyprus problem

10 Mar 2023. A strategic EU role for the Cyprus problem. Democratizing the process is the necessary condition for reaching a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem. But it is not sufficient. We also need the international community to be strategically coordinating how they create the right incentives to get the leaders to agree simply on a new process design, let alone to reach a settlement. Here, the role of the EU (and the US, assuming that it remains geopolitically engaged) will be crucial. Read it on the Financial Mirror website.

07 Mar 2024. Things you didn’t know about UNFICYP. A 20-minute podcast with Prof James Ker-Lindsay, Visiting Professor at the University of Kent, Research Associate at LSE and producer of the popular conflict/international relations YouTube channel called “Prof James Ker-Lindsay”, to discuss some little known facts about UNFICYP – the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus that commemorated its 60th anniversary on 3 March. Listen to it on the Island Talks website or search for Figure It in your podcast provider.

06 Mar 2024. How can we revitalize the solution process? A 20-minute interview with Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli of Nicosia Uncut podcast to discuss what needs to be done to revitalize the Cyprus peace process, the challenges faced by the new UN envoy, Maria Holguin Cuellar, and why the international community needs to get involved to support the process. Listen to it on the Island Talks website or search for Nicosia Uncut in your podcast provider.

25 Feb 2024. Steps to a new Cyprus problem process. An article about negotiations process design, this article lays out the steps to a new process that is not seen as threatening by the political leaderships on all sides. Read it on the Financial Mirror website.

08 Jan 2024. Deliberative democracy: only way out of the Cyprus problem? How to address the structural defect in the current negotiations process in a way that ensures that the outcome, whatever it is, can be supported by the leaders and has democratic legitimacy. Read it on the Financial Mirror website.

Energy

22 Feb 2024. What does ENI’s latest gas discovery offshore Cyprus actually mean? A 20-minute podcast with Peter Stevenson of Middle East Economic Survey (MEES). Listen to it on the Island Talks website or search for Figure It in your podcast provider.

8 Feb 2024. East Med Energy and the Cyprus problem: why it is in the EU’s strategic security interests to get involved. A 20-minute podcast with political scientist Prof Ahmet Sözen on the need for energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Listen to it on the Island Talks website or search for Figure It in your podcast provider.

Economy

12 Apr 2024. Cyprus tourism: the unlikely biggest-spending country. An article analyzing recent tourism trends and which countries are the biggest spenders. Read it for free on Substack. Sign-up required.

21 Feb 2024. Cyprus interest rates: how do they compare? An article investigating how interest-rate margins and interest-rate levels in Cyprus compare with the eurozone. Read it for free on Substack. Sign-up required.

5 Feb 2024. What is the real size of Russian deposits in Cyprus? An article to mythbust the implication that bank deposits in Cyprus had dropped by €40bn. Read it on the Financial Mirror website.

25 Jan 2024. Green finance: how will it affect your business? Take-outs from the second Green and Sustainable Finance Conference, on 18 January in Nicosia, organized by ideopsis Ltd and Grant Thornton (Cyprus) Ltd and supported and co-funded by the British High Commission in Cyprus. Read it for free on Substack. Sign-up required.