Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Muhanna reveals the historical significance behind today's border struggle in Iraq and Syria in The New Yorker.

Elias Muhanna, assistant professor of comparative literature, exposes the history of border trouble in Iraq and Syria and tells The New Yorker: "Whatever Iraq and Syria may be today, their coherence—as historical ideas, as administrative provinces, and as political symbols—predates by many centuries the British-French agreement that drew their current borders."

August 14, 2014