On May 16, precisely one hundred years ago, two British and French politicians signed the now infamous ‘Sykes-Picot’ agreement, which, according to one view, was responsible for setting in motion turmoil in the Arab world. Those two names of ‘Sykes’ and ‘Picot’ would probably have passed away into history with few people noticing, except that conventional wisdom dictates that they were responsible for carving up the region with little regard to anything except Western interests. The supporters, and detractors, of that view may yet be missing the point. It isn’t that the Sykes-Picot agreement was responsible for the turmoil of the region – nor that it had nothing to do with it all. Rather, that there are far more pressing issues to tackle – issues that should have overridden any effects from Sykes-Picot, and which still override that agreement today.