Is the century-old map of the Middle East still reflective of reality?

  • No.
  • The map we know of the Middle East was agreed and decreed by the British & French (with Russian approval) in the Sykes-Picot Agreement (dividing the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire outside the Arabian peninsula) in 1916, a distillation of their contemporaneous colonial and geopolitical priorities.
  • That map no longer reflects territorial reality - the nation states of Syria, Iraq and Libya seem irrevocably broken.

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