Ninety-five years ago today, European diplomats gathered at a porcelain factory in the Paris suburb of Sèvres and signed a treaty to remake the Middle East from the ashes of the Ottoman empire.

The plan collapsed so quickly we barely remember it anymore,but the short-lived Treaty of Sèvres, no less than the endlessly discussedSykes-Picot agreement, had consequences that can still be seen today. We mightdo well to consider a few of them as the anniversary of this forgotten treatyquietly passes by. In 1915, as British troops prepared to march on Istanbul byway of the Gallipoli peninsula, the government in London printed silkhandkerchiefs heralding the end of the Ottoman empire. It was a bit ...

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