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The war within - The Economist

WHEN Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot secretly drew their lines on the map of the Levant to carve up the Ottoman empire in May 1916, at the height of the first world war, they could scarcely have imagined the mess they would set in train: a ...and more »

The clash within a civilisation - The Economist

A hundred years after the Sykes-Picot agreement carved up the Ottoman empire, a new Arab history is being written in blood. Anton La Guardia examines the failures of the region's states. Print edition | Special report. May 14th 2016. CLEAVING TO A ...and more »

A century on: What remains of Sykes-Picot -

In 2014, when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) blew up border posts between Iraq and Syria, it declared an "end to the Sykes-Picot era". The 100-year agreement, widely perceived as the root cause of ethnic, sectarian ...and more »

Why Arabs resent Sykes-Picot -

The borders of the Middle East were drawn during World War I by a Briton, Mark Sykes, and a Frenchman, Francois Picot. The two diplomats' pencils divided the map of one of the most volatile regions in the world into states that cut through ethnic and ...and more »

Sykes-Picot agreement unravelling on its centenary - Middle East Eye

This is certainly true of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which celebrates its 100th birthday on Monday. The secret deal to divide the Ottoman Empire's vast land mass into British and French zones of influence precipitated the borders of Lebanon, Syria ...and more »

The Sykes-Picot Agreement and the making of the modern Middle East - The Conversation AU

The Sykes-Picot Agreement was the result of secret deliberations between British civil servant Mark Sykes and French diplomat François Georges-Picot. Wikimedia Commons. The Sykes-Picot Agreement and the making of the modern Middle East. May 12, 2016 4 ...and more »

100 years in 100 seconds: Centenary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement - Middle East Eye

Today marks the centenary of the Sykes-Picot agreement, which saw the Middle East divided up between rival imperial powers in 1916. Also known as the Asia Minor agreement, Sykes-Picot defined the borders of the modern states of Syria and Iraq, handing ...and more »

The secret pact that became a scapegoat for all of the Middle East's problems - Washington Post

This month marks the centennial of a secret pact. On May 16, 1916, two mid-level diplomats, a Briton and a Frenchman, concluded an agreement that essentially divided up the lands of much of the Middle East between the European powers. A map, seen above ...and more »

Don't Blame Sykes-Picot for the Middle East's Mess - Foreign Policy (blog)

The focus on the century-old accord is a product of bad history and shoddy social science -- and it's surely not the cause of the region's dysfunction. By Steven A. Cook, Amr T. Leheta. | May 13, 2016, 1:43 PM. sp1. Sometime in the 100 years since the ...and more »

Explainer: what is the 100-year-old Sykes-Picot Agreement? - The Conversation AU

The promise of recently explored oilfields dictated British interest in Mesopotamia (roughly, modern-day Iraq) during the Sykes-Picot Agreement negotiations. Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani. Explainer: what is the 100-year-old Sykes-Picot Agreement? May 12 ...and more »