Politics and Culture of Asia and the Middle East

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Politics and Culture of Asia and the Middle East

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

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