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Explores the history, politics and culture of the modern Middle East and Asia

Explores the history, politics and culture of the modern Middle East and Asia

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    • Politics and Culture of Asia and the Middle East
      September 8th, 2010
    • Human Development Index
    • Asia: the world’s largest continent
      17,350,000 miles
      3/5 world population
      Dead Sea (lowest point) Mt. Everest (highest point)
      Extremely diverse in culture, customs, beliefs, development and civilization.
      Center of most major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism)
      Among the oldest civilizations in the world
    • Comparison of Asian Countries
      Japan: stable democracy since 1947
      and 2nd largest economy
      in the World
      with GDP of $4.167 trillion
      Bangladesh: plagued by
      coup d’etats since its birth
      in 1971 and GDP of $280
      billion
    • Developing Countries of Southeast Asia
      Cambodia
      Myanmar
      Laos
      Indonesia
      Vietnam
    • Countries of Asia Continued
      Nepal
      Bangladesh
      Bhutan
      Afghanistan
      India
      Pakistan
    • The Middle East
      • Geographically Ambiguous area from the Eastern Mediterranean and parts of Africa (generally Arab, but also includes Israel, Persians of Iran and mixed ethnicities of Afghanistan).
      Rise of the Earliest civilization (Mesopotamia) and Persia
      Islamic empire at one time stretched from France, Spain and Portugal all the way to China and Indonesia.
      Some of the greatest scientif and cultural contributions ever known including mathematics and medicine
      Collapse of Ottomon empire in 1918 brought a change the region
    • Middle East Continued
      After fall of Ottoman Empire many were colonized by the British and French
      British (From Iraq to Egypt
      French (Mediterranean areas including Syria and Lebanon)
      After independence found themselves geograpically in the middle of Cold-War battle for influence between USSR and USA.
      Most are rich in Natural Resources (curse and blessing?)
      Most Middle Eastern countries suffer from authoritarian regimesand corruption.
      While the Middle East has human development problems, many are highly developed (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar)
    • Misconceptions About the Middle East
      Women have no rights
      Backward People
      All Desert
      All Muslim
      All Arab
    • Developing Countries of The Middle East
      Yemen
      Syria
      Iraq
    • Roots of Failure in Afghanistan
    • India Held Back
    • Free at Last?