THE PRESENT SITUATION
A YEAR after the armistice the world is still confronted with the Eastern Question that brought on the crisis. It is the same question, as we have seen, that has been before it in one form or the other ever since Napoleon, at the close of the eighteenth century by his Egyptian and Palestinian campaigns, made it evident that the process of dissolution of the once mighty Turkish Empire had definitely set in. The decision on the Western front in 1918 removed the menace of Prussian militarism and of German world domination, but it has not settled the issue which lay behind the pan-Germanic scheme for the control of the Near East.
The proposed Conference will represent a third attempt to settle the situation arising out of the prolonged process of the dissolu-