CIA Atlas of the Middle East (1993)

The CIA’s 1993 Atlas of the Middle East presents a wealth of information on probably the single most geopolitically important and complex region in the world at the moment. There are maps that show the region’s topography, oil reserves, freshwater sources, history, and much more that combined provide a comprehensive picture of the Middle East as it stood in 1993. The changes in the region between then and now become very apparent as you look through the atlas, and a lot of the information is just interesting to look at visually thanks to how it is presented.

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