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A man looks toward the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on April 24. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vying to Access the Middle East's Holy Sites

All too often, conflicts over politics, economics and security become entangled with the broader struggle for access to the holiest places on Earth. Read more…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2013. (KIM KYUNG-HOON/AFP/Getty Images)

How Isolation Is Bringing China and Israel Together

Their trade relationship makes economic sense, but it's not just about the money. Read more…

Signed in 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement is often credited for much of the conflict in the Middle East today. But that argument, though partly true, ignores the ethnic and sectarian issues endemic in the region. (The National Archives)

Marking a Century of the Modern Middle East

The boundaries delineated by the Sykes-Picot agreement 100 years ago are losing significance, but there is little impetus to redraw them. Read more…