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What if Sykes-Picot hadn’t been signed?

The treaty spawned "a century-long culture of grievance in the Arab world"

The present conflict in the middle east might have been avoided were it not for the signing of Sykes-Picot. © Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images

As much as they might fear or loathe the messenger, there is at least one stated goal of the murderous Islamic State with which many in the Arab world agree: the effective final dismantling of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. It was that agreement, penned…

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