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Lessons From Versailles for Today’s Middle East

Arbitrary borders: France and Britain carved borders for the Ottoman Empire and determined their respective areas of influence with the Sykes-Picot Agreement and Russian approval in 1916: resentment lingers today. (Map by DW)
Arbitrary borders: France and Britain carved borders for the Ottoman Empire and determined their respective areas of influence with the Sykes-Picot Agreement and Russian approval in 1916: resentment lingers today. (Map by DW)

The summer of 2014 was a season of analogies and anniversaries. European leaders commemorated the start of World War I. Russian President Putin’s annexation of...




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