Greater Middle East
The Greater Middle East is a political term coined by the Bush administration to denote various countries, pertaining to the Muslim world, specifically Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Various Central Asian countries are sometimes also included. Some speakers may use the term to denote areas with significant Muslim majorities, but this usage is not universal. The Greater Middle East is sometimes referred to as "The New Middle East", or "The Great Middle East Project".
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, alluded to the modern Middle East as a control lever on an area he calls the Eurasian Balkans. The Eurasian Balkans consists of the Caucasus (Georgia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Armenia) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan) and Turkey. Turkey forms the northernmost part of the Middle East (though some of the country lies in the Caucasus). Turkey's Western lands (i.e. Eastern Thrace and the areas around Istanbul) are considered a part of Southeastern Europe, and not the Middle East.
Countries and territories in the Greater Middle East
- Azad Kashmir
- Saudi Arabia
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- United Arab Emirates
Countries sometimes associated with the Greater Middle East
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- Turkish Emek Political Parties
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- Map of Greater Middle East
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