One for Middle East watchers on BBC Radio 4

Readers may have noticed an article which appeared a few days ago in the ‘Features & Analysis’ section of the BBC News website’s Middle East page titled “Why border lines drawn with a ruler in WW1 still rock the Middle East“.

The writer of that article on the Sykes-Picot agreement – Tarek Osman – also currently has a four-part series running on BBC Radio 4 titled “The Making of the Modern Arab World”. Episode One was broadcast last week and can be heard here

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Although on the whole the series gets off to an interesting start, listeners will no doubt note the unchallenged promotion by guest Tariq Ramadan of the notion that his grandfather was a “reformer”. They will doubtless note too the appearance of some familiar academic contributors including Eugene Rogan of Oxford University and John Chalcraft of LSE - also known for his BDS promoting activities