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Let us assess Sykes-Picot's ugly centuryWe are into the season when you will be flooded with articles and analyses on the 100-year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that was signed on May 18, 1916 . The main problem with Sykes-Picot is not only what happened in and after 1916; it is also heavily a consequence of the European colonial mindset that matured in the century before 1916, and continued to exercise its colonial prerogatives for decades to follow – perhaps even in today's continued use of European, Russian, and American military power across our region.The Sykes-Picot-initiated century proved to be ugly in most arenas of Arab national rights and well-being.So by all means let us recall Sykes-Picot and its consequent tumultuous century, but let us also summon honesty and integrity in analyzing all the regional and global factors that have led to today's horror shows of stunted, staggered and shattered Arab statehood.
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