If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is worth ten thousand. Maps illuminate the world and its intricacies, highlighting interesting trends across the world. I love maps because they can often give a quick snapshot of complicated numbers or situations, showing statistics clearly in a way that’s easy to understand. These are my 10 favorite world maps, each of which comments on the economical, political, or social state of the world in its own way:
Recently, the Russian Federation has violated Ukrainian sovereignty, invading, occupying, and even annexing portions of eastern and southern Ukraine. Despite crippling economic sanctions from the United States and several European countries, Russia continues to advance, grabbing more and more territory. What about Ukraine is so valuable that it’s worth alienating the international community and provoking the west?
Recently, the Republic of Yemen has collapsed in a violent three way civil war between the government, Houthi rebels, and radical jihadists. In a powder keg of decades of internal conflict ignited by regional sectarian rivalries, the Yemeni Civil War is sure to be a destructive, bloody conflict.
To fully understand the recent pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, it’s essential to look into the origins of the conflict. Ukraine is a divided country, split between an ethnically Ukrainian northwest and a Russian-oriented southeast. The five select maps simplify Ukraine’s complex ethno-linguistic background, painting a vivid picture of the conflict’s roots.
The United States is the world’s only superpower, dominating the world’s economic and political systems. With the strongest military and economy, the United States is capable of global power projection, giving it significant influence worldwide. But how did the United States rise to global preeminence over traditional powers, and how does it maintain that influence?