The Sykes-Picot borders are collapsing due to a failed Western policy

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.

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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.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They didn’t teach this in school.

    • No they don’t.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        An aside: I hate hyphenated French names.
        The only place it really works in the Anglosphere is in Wales where everyone is named Jones and you have to in order to differentiate yourself from the other five thousand Brian Jones’.

      • Jay Currie

        We teach it at our dinner table. School is for wussies.

  • canminuteman

    The Sykes Picot borders where a dumb idea in the first place. The sooner they collapse the better. This may come as a shock to some, but diversity isn’t really a strength, and the sooner they get borders based on ethnic/tribal ties the better off they will be.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It’s really a squandered opportunity.
      Where was the League of Nations to establish a Protectorate at this time?

  • Timshel54

    Yup…fast forward a hundred years and somewhere an Ottoman sultan is having a good chuckle.
    Empire expansion simply by preying on the European’s weakness for charity and self loathing. Who knew?

  • Martin B

    “Sykes-Picot contributed substantially to making the Middle East the sick region it is today”

    Not as much as a certain Religion of Peace.

    By all means let the goat humpers draw their own borders, and stay out of it.

    • I agree, let em have at it. We should not be Saudi mercenaries.

  • Jay Currie

    It is not obvious that Sykes-Picot was particularly awful given the circumstances. You had France demanding a chunk of the spoils of the fallen Ottomans. You had England with some sort of interest in what is now Iraq and Jordan. The Balfour Declaration and a bunch of feuding Arabs who thought they had been promised sovereignty (because they had). S-P was negotiated pretty much as between the French and the English without a word from the Arabs or, obviously, the Ottomans, long before the battle in the Middle East was over.

    Counting chickens before they hatch is not usually a very good idea.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That is why I prefer bacon and eggs.

  • TrumpGodzillaRising

    This is why we need Trump, who will ally with Putin to form the most powerful block of authoritarians the world has ever seen. We then turn towards muslims and Islam itself.

  • simus1

    The usual anti colonialist nonsense.
    Britain’s newest priority was securing middle east oil fields for the Royal Navy and denying oil fields to its rivals. After that, keeping control of the Suez Canal and the trade routes beyond it to India.
    Many large populated cities in the middle east weren’t even predominately arab or strict muslim let alone beacons of modernity struggling to be free.