Daniel Meier, The Graduate Institute, Switzerland
September 29, 2016
Inviting the audience to leave behind the simple notion that a border is a line on a map, Dr. Daniel Meier delved deeply into the history and identity of Southern Lebanon to demonstrate how this region has been the axis of conflict between the Arab world and Israel.
Discussing the Sykes-Picot agreement which drew the borders of the modern-day Middle East, Meier argued that the borders were designed to suit the colonial needs of Britain and France, not the nations and people of the region.
Meier pointed to a new kind of conflict likely to feature in Lebanon's future, as the recent discovery in the Eastern Mediterranean of oil and gas deposits will put Israel and Lebanon at odds over their maritime borders and Exclusive Economic Zones.