One of the most surprising aspects of the Swiss Cheese Map article was how important every single tiny detail on a map is. Prior to this course, I never realized how influential maps can be, and that they can affect the outcome of necessary peace talks. I don’t think that most people realize anyone can make a map, but cartographers are vital to the depiction, accuracy, and presentation of those maps. It’s crazy to think how differently the outcome could have been for these two nations, had a cartographer been consulted and used the proper colors, line thickness, labels etc. knowing their audience and properly targeting them.