We are now marking 100 years since the signing of the Sykes-Picot Agreement to divide the Middle East between France and Britain. The national borders that were then arbitrarily and irresponsibly drawn are now collapsing before our eyes, threatening chaos in the region as a whole.
With the aim of clarifying the reasons for the collapse and for the emergence of the current situation, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA)’s researchers have conducted a detailed study of the issue and, along with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, have organized an international conference in Jerusalem that will be attended by the leading experts and by members of the diplomatic community in Israel.
More… The Foul Legacy of Sykes-Picot
The Sykes-Picot accord that has shaped and distorted the modern Middle East was signed one hundred years ago, on May 16, 1916. In the deal, Mark Sykes for the British and François Georges-Picot for the French, with the Russians participating too, allocated much of the region, pending the minor detail of their defeating the Central Powers in World War I.