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“Sykes-Picot” A Century Later: A New Order for the Middle East?
May 20, 2016
The MAISON DU FUTUR Second Annual Conference
In Arab political culture, “Sykes-Picot” — an agreement signed on May 16, 1916, between France and Great Britain, with Imperial Russia’s consent, for the post Great War disposal of Ottoman possessions in Western Asia — summarizes the dark side of the nation-state system that has governed political behavior in the last century. At times of existential stakes, such as the current decade of the history of the region, questioning “Sykes-Picot” acquires particular saliency and prominence at multiple levels.
At the strategic level, the current regional crises evidently impose the need to reconsider many of the assumptions of the past century — the integrity of state, permanence of borders, and continuity of political system can no longer treated as constants. A consideration of the possible and desirable futures of this central and crucial region is imminently in order, both for its own peace and prosperity, and for global stability.
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