Greater Middle East

political term, introduced in the U.S. in the early 2000s, denoting a set of countries from Morocco to western China and from central Asia to Somalia
The traditional Middle East and the G8's Greater Middle East.

The Greater Middle East (also known as "The New Middle East") is a political term that groups together various countries, related to the Arab world and Iran, marginal countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Various Central Asian countries and the lower Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia) and Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece are sometimes also included. Some speakers may use the term to denote areas with significant Muslim majorities, but this usage is not universal. The countries and Territories of the GME are as the following:

  1. Afghanistan Afghanistan
  2. Algeria Algeria
  3. Armenia Armenia
  4. Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
  5. Djibouti Djibouti
  6. Eritrea Eritrea
  7. Georgia (country) Georgia
  8. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  9. Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
  10. Libya Libya
  11. Mauritania Mauritania
  12. Morocco Morocco
  13. Pakistan Pakistan
  14. Tajikistan Tajikistan
  15. Tunisia Tunisia
  16. Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
  17. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan