Essay The Conflict Of The Middle East

2118 Words Dec 12th, 2016 9 Pages
In Western Asia, bordering the Mediterranean Sea lies the fertile country of Syria. Filled with abundant plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is a place where many religious and ethnic groups call home. Today, Syria is comprised of a number of groups, mostly Sunni Arab, Armenians, and Kurds that stretch over the small country that is comparable to the size of Washington or Spain. From an international standpoint Syria was one of the many countries created in efforts from France after World War I, as well as most of the rest of the eastern region of the Middle East. Now the world is viewing the small, desert covered Syria as an unstable nation divided in the midst of a civil war leaving millions of citizens stranded. Although this specific conflict is fresh to the world with its efforts having been publicized by the media in 2011, conflict in Syria is nothing new. The Middle East originally emerged from decisions made by England and France as a result of the First World War. The secret Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916 spilt the Middle East amongst the two countries. This allowed for England to protect their trade routes to India in terms of oil and their overall financial interests. France was then able to preserve old ties, and gain a strategic hand in the eastern Mediterranean while preserving their economic needs. (Middle East Policy Council) Following the spilt, France created a plan to divide and split their given territory, regionally and along ethnic borders in…

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