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Opinion: A Century of Sykes–Picot

Opinion: A Century of Sykes–Picot

Is this the end of the Sykes–Picot plan for the Middle East? This has become a regular question among Western commentators these days as the world prepares to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, a conflict which serves as a historic lesson on how...
Opinion: Profuse Apologies to Sykes and Picot

Opinion: Profuse Apologies to Sykes and Picot

Conflicting field reports emerged earlier this week about the Syrian town of Maaloula falling into the hands of the regime’s army, Hezbollah and other allies of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, as well as leaks about the imminent withdrawal of rebels from the...
Opinion: Sunnistan and Shi’itestan

Opinion: Sunnistan and Shi’itestan

Some of the articles and analyses of Western experts urge one—although I disagree with them—to reconsider firm convictions or ideas that have been consolidated by virtue of geography or history. Among these ideas and theories which have been proposed amid the storms...