Sykes-Picot, Middle East Underwriter, Dead at 100

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A handout photograph released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows flames rising following a bombing at a bus station in the coastal city of Tartus, Syria, 23 May 2016. 

Sykes-Picot, Middle East Underwriter, Dead at 100


BERLIN – On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Great Britain and France signed a secret pact in London. Officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, the deal, negotiated by the diplomats Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, has determined the fate and political order of the Middle East ever since. But not for much longer.
A century ago, Europe’s soon-to-be-victorious powers, concerned with dividing the region (then part of the Ottoman Empire), drew a “line in the sand” (as the autho...


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