Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Joint Conference

100 Years since the Sykes-Picot Agreement:
Lessons for the Middle East

May 18, 2016 – Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Please note that attendance at the conference has reached maximum capacity,
and registration has been closed.

Read the Report:

The Failures of the International Community in the Middle East
since the Sykes-Picot Agreement

8:30-9:00 — Registration

9:00-9:30 — Opening Remarks:

Amb. Freddy Eytan
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Dr. Michael Borchard
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel
Amb. Patrick Maisonnave
French Ambassador to Israel

9:30-10:45 — First Session: Historical Overview of the Sykes-Picot Agreement

Chair: Amb. Freddy Eytan – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Prof. Shlomo Avineri
Hebrew University
Westphalian Arab Nation-States in the Middle East: A Failed Experience
Dr. Martin Kramer
President of Shalem College
Sykes-Picot and the Zionists
Prof. Efraim Karsh
King’s College, London
Sykes-Picot: Myth and Reality
Dr. Richard Rossin
Former Vice President of the European Academy of Geopolitics
Sykes-Picot Agreement: The French Perspective

10:45-11:00 — Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 — Second Session: The Collapse of Borders – a Future Perspective: Lessons from Other Countries

Chair: Dan Diker – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Amb. Prof. Itamar Rabinovich
Tel Aviv University
How Resilient is the Current Middle Eastern State System?
Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Earthquakes of the Middle East

12:30-13:15 — Break

13:15-14:15 — Third Session: Legal Aspects and International Law

Chair: Amb. Alan Baker – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Prof. Ruth Lapidoth
Hebrew University
Some Historical Facts about the Egypt-Israel Border
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich
Northwestern University and Kohelet Policy Forum
League of Nations Mandates and Subsequent Nation State Borders

14:15-15:15 — Fourth Session: Strategic Perspectives: Then and Now

Chair: Dr. Michael Borchard – Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel

Alexey Drobinin
Minister-Counsellor at the Russian Embassy
Russian policy in the Middle East
Dr. Ahmet K. Han
Kadir Has University, Turkey
Turkish Foreign Policy and the Specter of Sykes-Picot: A Hundred Years Later
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Strategic and Geopolitical Aspects

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