State Atrophy and the Reconfiguration of Borderlands in Syria and Iraq: Post-2011 Dynamics

2020 Jun 16

Since 2011, borderlands in the MENA region transformed into considerable sites of contested power by a plethora of actors.


Reconciling with Sykes-Picot

2016 May 29

Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot aimed to devise a plan that would enable Great Britain and France to avoid a ruinous rivalry in the Middle East


Sykes-Picot, Middle East Underwriter, Dead at 100

2016 May 24

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


Was Sykes-Picot a bad thing?

2016 May 08

Sykes-Picot was a blessing for many in the Middle East. There is no way to divide borders and create homogeneous states