History of changing allegiances in the Middle East


Source: 15 Maps That Don’t Explain the Middle East in The Atlantic.

This chart shows America’s changing friends and foes in the Middle East.  The blue countries are friends, the red countries are foes.

Changes in allegiance come about through coups (gun), invasions (tank), treaties (pen), elections (check mark) or uprisings (man with flag).

U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East had some logic when its goal was trying to keep the region from coming under control of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.  I don’t see any equivalent goal now.


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 Source: Slate

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One Response to “History of changing allegiances in the Middle East”

  1. djgarcia94 Says:

    Cartography has always fascinated me, but it’s not every day such a good article on the topic appears. Good find.


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