May 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement. During World War I, the British government under the representation of Sir Mark Sykes entered negotiations with the French government under Georges Picot over the issue of how the territories of the Ottoman Empire should be divided after the war. A year later the British government pledged its commitment to the creation of a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine in the Balfour Declaration. In this week's discussion Mike and Danny debate which of the two WWI agreements has greater historical weight today.
- Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace: The fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East
- Rogan, Eugene. The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
- Text of the Balfour Declaration
- Wright, Robin. "How the Curse of Sykes-Picot Still Haunts the Middle East," The New Yorker