A century ago, a secret agreement between France and Britain carved the Middle East into spheres of influence supervised by the two powers. The Sykes-Picot agreement hastily divided the territory of the former Ottoman empire into a map that did not correspond to the ethnic, tribal or sectarian distinctions on the ground.
Join Foreign Affairs and The Sharq Forum for a special event to look back at the legacy of the treaty that defined and divided the Arab world. This evening event will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to examine the profound consequences of Sykes-Picot today, as well as the contemporary policy recommendations to address its consequences.
Joseph Bahout, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Steven Cook, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Author, Islamic Exceptionalism
Rachel Havrelock, Author, River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line
Emad Shahin, Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
Moderated by Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum; Senior Fellow on Turkey and Kurdish Affairs, Al Jazeera Center for Studies