Bernard Bajolet, head of France’s DGSE external intelligence agency, said the region was not likely to return to its old self following the current conflicts.
“The Middle East we have known is over, I doubt it will come back,” he told the conference.
“We see that Syria is already divided on the ground, that the regime is controlling only a small part of the county, only one-third of the country which was established after WWII” he said. “The north is controlled by the Kurds.”
“We have the same thing in Iraq” Bajolet said, adding that “I doubt really that one can come back to the previous situation.” Nonetheless, he said he was “confident” that the region would one day stabilize again.