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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that formed Iraq, Syria and the other fragile nations of the modern Middle East.Iraq and Syria are coming apart: Iraq is effectively divided into three warring regions: A Sunni area ruled by Daesh (ISIS), a Kurdish ministate that's nearly autonomous and a zone from the capital south that's controlled by the Shiite-led regime. Iraq and Syria are at an inflection point, they argued.Here's a challenge for the rest of President Barack Obama's term and the first months in office of the next president: Start building the foundations for a new order in the Middle East that can provide better security, governance and economic well-being – for Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, and for the smaller minorities that are interwoven in the fabric of the Middle East.Many Sunni and Shiite leaders in Iraq have told me privately they favor a new constitution for a confederal Iraq that would include a Sunni regional government, as well as a Kurdish one.America tried and failed in Iraq.
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