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Marking a Century of the Modern Middle East

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
May 15, 2016 | 13:00 GMT
The 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement laid the framework for many of the boundaries that still define the Middle East today, delineating Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Mandate Palestine and several Arabian Gulf countries. The boundaries are losing significance, but there is little impetus to redraw them.
Signed in 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement is often credited for much of the conflict in the Middle East today. But that argument, though partly true, ignores the ethnic and sectarian issues endemic in the region.
(The National Archives)

The 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement laid the framework for many of the boundaries that still define the Middle East today, delineating Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Mandate Palestine and several Arabian Gulf countries. The boundaries are losing significance, but there is little impetus to redraw them....

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