AFGHANISTAN

I made this little cheater for myself to keep straight in my mind where Afghanistan really is, geographically. It is in the middle of Eurasia, a transition point, which means everyone wants control.

The following countries and areas comprise the West Asia subregion: AFGHANISTAN, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen.

The Middle East is a transcontinental region in Afro-Eurasia which generally includes Western Asia (except for Transcaucasia), all of Egypt (mostly in North Africa), and Turkey (partly in Southeast Europe).

Modern definitions of South Asia are consistent in including AFGHANISTAN, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives as the constituent countries. AFGHANISTAN is, however, considered by some to be a part of Central Asia, Western Asia, or the Middle East.

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Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.