The Sykes Picot Agreement, 100 Years Later

It has been one hundred years since the Sykes-Picot Agreement was secretly signed by Britain and France. The agreement laid the foundation for what became, in many ways, arbitrary borders drawn across the Middle East. Borders that divided countless communities and families. Today, more than 30 million Kurds, and millions of Assyrians, Yezidis and other stateless ethnicities straddle the makeshift borders originally penned by Mark Sykes and Francois Picot, one hundred years ago.


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The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 100 Years Later

One hundred years ago this month, a French diplomat and a British officer secretly negotiated the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which divided countless families, communities, and ethnic groups — and caused many of the issues in the Middle East that persist to this day.

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Posted by The Kurdish Project on Saturday, May 14, 2016

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