After 100 years,
it’s time to
redraw the map
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is at the center or untold and unnecessary massive human suffering.
During the five years of civil war that has destroyed what once was Syria, the list of failed nation states has dangerously multiplied.
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Territories where government is unable to function at even a basic level for most citizens now include Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Others like Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan teeter on the precipice.
As the hundredth anniversary of the French-British-Russian pact that carved up the Middle East approaches in May, it is time for a radical, new approach that acknowledges this reality.
In most failed states, partition has become a fact on the ground. The sooner this is politically recognized, the sooner we can find a way out of endless war costing hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.