“The New Map of the Middle East:The Disastrous Centennial of the Disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement”

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Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith

In May of 1916 representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reached an accord, known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, dividing the Arab lands that had been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. One hundred years later, looking at the area divided by this agreement,  Ambassador Galbraith reviewed their current conflicts, focusing on Iraq and Syria and on the Kurdish minorities in these countries.
Read an examination of this historic agreement on its centenary anniversary
Read a proposal for a return to the nation state with shared ethnicity, language, and religion
Compare maps from 1916 and 2016

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