Video debate: WW1 and its legacy in Syria/Iraq

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THE flare up in violence in Syria and Iraq coupled with the growth of terror group IS can be partially attributed to the borders created at the end of World War One.

The Scotsman’s Stephen McGinty along with University of Glasgow academics Christian Tams (Chair of International Law) and Peter Jackson (Professor of Global Security) discuss the lasting impact of the Paris Peace conference of 1919.

The Royal British Legion in France during World War One. Picture: submitted

The Royal British Legion in France during World War One. Picture: submitted

The University of Glasgow is one of four UK Universities that will partner BBC in delivering a series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on World War One, all of which will be available, for free, on the social learning platform, FutureLearn.com.

The courses are open now for registration, and will begin between October and November 2014. They are:

World War One: Paris 1919 - A New World Order?, from the University of Glasgow

World War One: Aviation Comes of Age, from the University of Birmingham

World War One: Changing Faces of Heroism, from the University of Leeds

World War One: Trauma and Memory, from The Open University