June 11, 2014

Mideast's Colonial Borders Are Breaking

Michael Young, The National

The Associated Press

Colonial-era borders in the Arab world have proven far more resilient than critics of colonialism will admit. But post-colonial Arab regimes, by presiding over failing states, have made the task that much easier for countries gaining from their divisions.

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TAGGED: Syria, Iraq, Middle East, Iran, Mosul

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