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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. Caucasus Emirate, occupied by Russia.
  6. Djibouti Djibouti
  7. Eritrea Eritrea
  8. Georgia (country)
  9. Azad Kashmir Azad Kashmir, disputed territory, claimed by Pakistan.
  10. Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  11. Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
  12. Libya Libya
  13. Mauritania Mauritania
  14. Morocco Morocco
  15. Pakistan Pakistan
  16. Tajikistan Tajikistan
  17. Tunisia Tunisia
  18. Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
  19. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan