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Vox: 40 Maps that Explain the Middle East

Author: Max Fisher

"Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today."

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Washington Post: Big Budgets, Little Oversight in War Zones

Authors: Scott Higham, Jessica Schulberg, and Steven Rich

"The story of [nonprofit corporation International Relief and Development] reflects the course of America's ambitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which started with great enthusiasm and consumed tremendous resources, only to see many hopes go awry. Nation-building projects aimed at supplanting insurgents and securing the peace that looked promising on paper in Washington proved to be difficult to execute in dangerous and unpredictable war zones."

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights