28 February, 2015

How Many Countries Are There in the World in 2014?

This article, originally from 2011, has been revised and updated for 2015.

How many countries in the world?
A world political map published by the U.S. government (public domain)
One of the most basic questions for map-lovers is, "How many countries are there in the world?" But anyone who replies assuredly with a simple number is leaving out part of the story. The fact is, the answer depends strongly on how you define "country".

Here are six of the most common answers, each correct in its own way:

25 February, 2015

War in Iraq: Map of Control in February 2015 (Subscription)

Detailed map of control in Iraq in late February 2015, including territory held by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes recent flashpoints including Sinjar, Al Asad Airbase, Mosul, and Barwanah

Download PDF
Buy now


(Subscribe via Paypal to view all premium content online)
Timeline by Djordje Djukic; map and additional reporting by Evan Centanni

The Islamic State has been losing ground in Iraq due to the intervention of two rival air powers: the U.S. and Arab coalition in the west, and an Iranian effort in the east. However, the extremist group has made gains near a major base housing U.S. troops.

See all that and more on this major update to our map of territorial control in Iraq, the first since October. The map and report detail various changes to the control situation on the ground, and also contain updates to the provinces and cities of the Kurdistan region.

This map and article are exclusive member content, accessible only to paid subscribers or by individual purchase. Buy now (US$9.99)

Exclusive report includes:
  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Iraq, color-coded for the Iraqi government, ISIS/Islamic State extremists, and Kurdish Peshmerga forces
  • Detailed indication of town-by-town control, including provincial boundaries, all major cities, and many smaller ones
  • Markers for key areas of recent fighting such as Sinjar, Mosul, Al Asad Airbase, the site of the Barwanah massacre, and more
  • Timeline of changes to the situation since October, compiled by our Iraq specialist, with links to sources

MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO PROCEED TO ARTICLE AND MAP

NOT A MEMBER YET? SUBSCRIBE NOW!


12 February, 2015

Map: ALBA Has 2 New Member Countries

Subscribers click here to view this article in the ad-free members area. Not a member yet? Subscribe now!

Map of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), showing full member countries, including new members Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as special guest members (colorblind accessible).
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Map by Evan Centanni.

31 January, 2015

Syria Civil War Map: January 2015 (Premium)

(To see other maps in this series, view all Syria updates.)

Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish groups, Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and others), updated for January 2015. Highlights recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) and others, and for the first time uses a separate symbol for al-Nusra control.

Download PDF
Buy now


(Subscribe via Paypal to view all premium content online)
Research by T.H., with additional reporting by Evan Centanni

PolGeoNow presents the newest edition of our in-demand map of territorial control in the Syrian Civil War. The map has been updated to January 30, 2015, showing the recapture of Kobani by Kurdish forces and several other important changes since our previous Syria map report in December.

For the first time, the Syria Civil War Map now uses a different symbol to indicate local control by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, separate from control by other or mixed rebel groups or the Islamic State organization.

This map and report are exclusive premium content, available to paid subscribers or for individual purchase.
Download PDF (US$14.99)

Premium report includes:
  • Up-to-date map of current territorial control in Syria, color-coded for the Assad government, rebel groups, Islamic State (ISIS) extremists, and Kurdish self-protection forces
  • Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra marked with a separate symbol where the group has seized control of towns from other rebel groups
  • Detailed indication of city-by-city control, highlighting key towns relevant to current events
  • Recent areas of fighting, including Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), Wadi Deif, Sheikh Miskin, and others
  • Timeline of changes to territorial control since early December

MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO PROCEED TO ARTICLE AND MAP

NOT A MEMBER YET? SUBSCRIBE NOW!


29 January, 2015

Nigeria War Update: Map of Boko Haram Control (January 2015) (Premium)

The best online map of Boko Haram's territorial control - guaranteed!

Detailed map of Boko Haram's territorial control in its war with Nigeria, marking and labeling each town reportedly under the group's control in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states. Includes recent flashpoints such as Maiduguri, Damataru, Konduga, and Monguno, as well as sites of attacks in Cameroon.

Download PDF
Buy now


(Subscribe via Paypal to view all premium content online)
Research by T.H., with additional reporting by Evan Centanni

Since our last Boko Haram control map update in November, the rebel group has expanded its territorial control in Nigeria, connecting two of its territorial enclaves and occupying a long stretch of the country's international border with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

This premium report and map detail the various changes of the past two months, including new Boko Haram conquests as well as key attacks that didn't result in territorial gains. The map also, of course, provides an updated illustration of the full extent of Boko Haram's territorial control.

This map and article are exclusive premium content, available only to paid members or for individual purchase. Buy now (US$9.99)

Premium report includes:
  • Map of Boko Haram's overall area of control in Nigeria, updated to Jan. 28, 2015.
  • Detailed map showing almost every individual town or village known to be held by the group, as well as recent locations of major attacks, such as Baga, Monguno, Maiduguri, and Damataru. 
  • Also shows attacks across the border in Cameroon.
  • Summary and detailed timeline of territorial changes and major events since late November, with sources cited.

MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO PROCEED TO ARTICLE AND MAP

NOT A MEMBER YET? SUBSCRIBE NOW!