chapter  VI
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Conflict in the Wadi Sirhan and the Kuwait Conference: 1922 to 1924

With the exception of the Arabian peninsula, the Treaty of Lausanne settled the problem of the disposal of the territories lost by Turkey in World War I. The mandates of Iraq and Palestine, however, were left with their inland frontiers undefined. It will be seen in the pages to follow that the period from late 1922 until early 1924 is characterised by two major problems. Firstly, there was the struggle in north central Arabia between Anglo-Hashimite aggrandisement and Sa'udi expansionism. Secondly, there was the attempt by Britain to settle through a general conference the outstanding problems between ibn Sa'ud and his Hashimite neighbours.