Foreign Affairs LIVE: Sykes-Picot at 100

Join YPFP and Foreign Affairs LIVE for a discussion with foreign affairs experts on the modern reverberations of the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement.


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, and sectarian distinctions on the ground.

The Young Professionals in Foreign Policy on behalf of Foreign Affairs and the Sharq Forum, invite you to 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 government and academia to examine the profound consequences of Sykes-Picot today, as well as the contempoary policy recommendations to address its consequences.


Steven CookSenior 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

Moderator: Galip Dalay, Research Director, Al Sharq Forum; Senior Associate Fellow on Turkey and Kurdish Affairs, Al Jazeera Center for Studies

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June 03, 2016 at 5pm - 8:30pm
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