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Monthly Newsletter

May 2016 - Issue 185
Prometheas Events
  • Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm: “A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” (Nους υγιής εν σώματι υγιεί)/Mediterranean, Cretan & Ikarian Diet by Dr. Sam Pappas, MD and Ms. Elena Kyrgos, LMFT & NTP at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD.  (see flyer)
     
  • Youth Art Painting Contest: “The Hellenic Society Prometheas announces a Youth Art Painting Contest among students of the Greek Schools of the Washington Metropolitan area and of the youth of members of Prometheas. If your children are interested in participating, please see related documents for terms of the contest and for application”.
 
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News Articles

 



How Middle Eastern States Consolidate Power
By Kristin Fabbe, SRATFOR, April 2, 2016
 

Commentators speculating on the chaos engulfing the Middle East almost inevitably point to the Sykes-Picot Agreement as its underlying cause. The artificial borders laid down by the colonial-era deal, the argument goes, primed the region for ethnic and sectarian conflict. At some point the borders would have to be redrawn, and when they were, the process was bound to be painful. We need only look at Syria's drawn-out conflict and growing calls for its partition to see that.

But artificial borders are only part of the Middle East's problem. Equally important, though far less understood, is the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and the lasting mark it made on how Middle Eastern states consolidate power. The Ottoman Empire served as the precursor to the modern nation-state for much of the region. At its peak, it spanned from North Africa to the Persian Gulf's periphery. However, Ottoman rule was radically different than that of its early European counterparts or the modern governments that followed it, in part because of one of its defining features: the millet system.

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