Middle East Basics
From Pierre Tristam, former About.com Guide
- Essential Facts About the Middle East
- Common Misconceptions of the Middle East
- The United States and the Middle East
- Countries of the Middle East, A-K
- Countries of the Middle East, L-Y
Essential Facts About the Middle East
The Greater Middle East stretches over two continents from Pakistan in the east to Mauritania and Morocco in northwestern Africa. It has little cultural or geographic cohesion. It is a unit more because of the way the West and the rest of the world perceives it than because of the way it perceives itself. And it is the world's most challenging hub of conflicts. As such, its political importance is disproportionate either to its economic wealth or, since the 18th century, its cultural contributions, which have been in a state of virtual arrested development in many parts of the region. Here's a guide to basic facts.
- What Is the Middle East?
- What Is the Arab World?
- Guide to Middle East Basics
- Leaders of the Middle East: Photo Gallery
- Literacy Rates in the Middle East
- Internet Usage by Country
- Middle East Oil Reserves By Country and Rank
- Top 10 Middle East Stories of 2008
- Christians of the Middle East
- The Difference Between Islam's Sunnis and Shiites
- The Middle East's Best Travel Spots
- Review: "The Arabs: Journeys Beyond the Mirage," by David Lamb
Common Misconceptions of the Middle East
The Middle East seems like a more daunting region to understand than it really is. A good start to better understanding is breaking the region down to basic definitions, dispensing with often-repeated myths and stereotype.
- Five Myths About the Middle East
- What Is the Middle East?
- Brigitte Gabriel, Islamophobe
- Is Anti-Semitism a Middle Eastern Phenomenon?
The United States and the Middle East
The two biggest foreign-policy challenges for the United States since World War II were the Cold War and the Middle East. The Cold War is over. The Middle East's vexing issues persist, creating nothing short of a co-dependent relationship between the world's biggest power and the world's richest oil field. Here's an overview of that relationship.
- 60 Years of US-Middle East Relations
- Why Is the U.S. in Iraq?
- Barack Obama and the Middle East: A Guide
- Why Pakistan Is Barack Obama's Biggest Middle East Challenge
- How Obama Can Resolve the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
- Barack Obama's Middle East Policies
- Barack Hussein Obama's Arab Problem
- How Should Obama Deal With Iran?
Countries of the Middle East, A-K
The Middle East is the sum of its parts--some 30 countries that could form a continent all their own, but that are vastly different one from the other. Here are profiles of each country, from Afghanistan to Kuwait, through which you can explore a more detailed understanding of each.
Countries of the Middle East, L-Y
The Middle East is the sum of its parts--some 30 countries that could form a continent all their own, but that are vastly different one from the other. Here are profiles of each country, from Lebanon to Yemen, through which you can explore a more detailed understanding of each.