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The GREATER MIDDLE EAST is a political term, introduced in the early 2000s, denoting a set of contiguously connected countries stretching from Morocco
Morocco
in the west all the way to the western edge of China in the east. Various countries of Central Asia are sometimes also included. According to Andrew Bacevich in his book "America's war for the Greater Middle East" (2016), the career soldier and Professor Emeritus at Boston University states that this region is the theatre for a series of conflicts dating back to 1980, which heralded the start of the Iran- Iraq
Iraq
war. Since then, the U.S. has been involved in balancing conflicts amongst these culturally interconnected nations in order to further its interests in the region. The Greater Middle East is sometimes referred to as "The New Middle East", or "The Great Middle East
Middle East
Project".

This term was more clearly defined to denote a specific region in the U.S. administration's preparatory work for the G8 summit of 2004 as part of a proposal for sweeping change in the way the West deals with the Middle East.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski stated that a "political awakening" is taking place in this region which may be an indicator of the multi-polar world that is now developing. He alluded to the Greater Middle East
Middle East
as the "Global Balkans", and as a control lever on an area he refers to as Eurasia.

CONTENTS

* 1 Countries and territories of the Greater Middle East
Middle East
* 2 Countries sometimes associated with the Greater Middle East
Middle East
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES OF THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST

* Armenia
Armenia
* Afghanistan
Afghanistan
* Algeria
Algeria
* Bahrain
Bahrain
* Djibouti
Djibouti
* Egypt
Egypt
* Iran
Iran
* Iraq
Iraq
* Israel
Israel
* Jordan
Jordan
* Kuwait
Kuwait
* Lebanon
Lebanon
* Libya
Libya
* Mauritania
Mauritania
* Morocco
Morocco
* Oman
Oman
* Pakistan
Pakistan
* Palestine * Qatar
Qatar
* Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* Somalia
Somalia
* Somaliland
Somaliland
* Sudan
Sudan
* Syria
Syria
* Tunisia
Tunisia
* Turkey
Turkey
* United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
* Western Sahara * Yemen
Yemen

COUNTRIES SOMETIMES ASSOCIATED WITH THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST

* Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
* Cyprus
Cyprus
* Georgia * Greece
Greece
* Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
* Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
* Tajikistan
Tajikistan
* Turkmenistan * Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan

Source: "America's War on the Greater Middle East, Andrew Bacevich (2016)"

SEE ALSO

* Muslim world * MENA * American Imperialism * Project for the New American Century * Sykes-Picot * The Grand Chessboard * Arab world

REFERENCES

* ^ Ottaway, Marina ">"". _Global Research_. Retrieved 2008-08-21. * ^ “Great Middle East
Middle East
Project” Conference by Prof. Dr. Mahir Kaynak and Ast.Prof. Dr. Emin Gürses in SAU * ^ Turkish Emek Political Parties * ^ Perthes, V., 2004, America\'s "Greater Middle East" and Europe: Key Issues for Dialogue, _ Middle East
Middle East
Policy _, Volume XI, No.3, Pages 85-97. * ^ Zbigniew Brzezinski , "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geo-strategic Imperatives" Cited in (Nazemroaya,

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