Thursday, September 12, 2019

Syrian Civil War Map & Timeline - September 2019

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Map of Syrian Civil War (Syria control map): Territorial control in Syria in September 2019 (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS / Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others). Includes US deconfliction zone and Turkey-Russia demilitarized buffer zone, plus recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, including Khan Shaykhun, Kabani, Morek, and more. Colorblind accessible.
Base map by Koen Adams of onestopmap.com, with territorial control by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic

Government Captures Rebel Stronghold in Idlib

In what's been nearly a month since our previous Syria control map update, almost all major activities have been focused around the southern end of rebel-held Idlib province. For the first time, government forces have captured a major town on the rebel side of the of would-be buffer zone set up last year by Turkey and Russia. Meanwhile, possible changes loom in Syria's northeast, where Turkey is pushing the US to set up a "safe zone" to keep the Kurdish-majority YPG militia away from the border.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Map: Indonesia Makes Plans to Move Capital

Map: Indonesia says it's moving its capital from Jakarta to a new location in Borneo. Map shows old site, approximate new site, former capital on Yogyakarta, and Palangkaraya, which was considered for the location of the new capital but not chosen.

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A PolGeoNow News Brief

Here at Political Geography Now, we prioritize reporting on things in the world that have actually changed. But sometimes news about future or possible changes, like Belize and Guatemala going to court over their border dispute, are interesting enough that we want to share them with you sooner. This article represents a new format where we'll be publishing short, to-the-point summaries of those kinds of geography news stories. As always, we encourage you to tell us what you think by leaving a comment on our Twitter or Facebook!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Yemen Control Map & Report: Separatists Seize South - August 2019 (Subscription)

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Map of what is happening in Yemen as of August 31, 2019, including territorial control for the unrecognized Houthi government, president-in-exile Hadi and his allies in the Saudi-led coalition, the UAE-backed southern separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Includes recent locations of fighting, including Ataq, Zinjibar, Shuqra, Ketaf, and more. Colorblind accessible.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic. Map by Evan Centanni, Djordje Djukic, and onestopmap.com

In recent weeks, a major new front has broken out in Yemen's civil war, as southern separatists have broken ranks with the Saudi-backed government of President Hadi, seizing control of key areas in the country's south.

See all this and more on the newest update to PolGeoNow's Yemen territorial control map, which includes a timeline of changes and important events since our previous Yemen map report in June. This report also includes a BONUS MAP showing the height of southern separatist control earlier in August.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Map: What is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)?

African Continental Free Trade Area countries: Map of AfCFTA members and signatories as of August 2019. Who has signed the AfCFTA, who has ratified the AfCFTA, and who has not signed. Colorblind accessible.
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New Trade Bloc: What is the AfCFTA Agreement?

Despite being neighbors, most countries in Africa trade more with other continents than with each other - a peculiar leftover of colonialism that the African Union (AU) has long been looking to change. Last year, the organization's member countries finally came together and agreed on the creation of one of the world's most expansive "free trade areas". The new zone, called the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), officially came into being on May 30, 2019, after a minimum threshold of 22 countries confirmed that they had copied its 2018 founding treaty into their national laws (a process called "ratification").

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Syrian Civil War Map & Timeline - August 2019 (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by onestopmap.com, Evan Centanni, and Djordje Djukic

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Map of Syrian Civil War (Syria control map): Territorial control in Syria in August 2019 (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS / Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others). Includes US deconfliction zone and Turkey-Russia demilitarized buffer zone, plus recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, including Khan Shaykhun, Kabani, and more. Colorblind accessible. Over the past month and a half, fighting between rebels and government forces in the northwest has dominated events in Syria. Meanwhile, the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) remains confined to uninhabited desert areas of central Syria.

See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional Syrian Civil War control map, which includes a timeline of changes since our previous Syria map report in July, with sources cited.

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  • Location of the demilitarized buffer zone sponsored by Turkey and Russia
  • Outline showing the approximate location of the one publicly-known US "deconfliction zone"
  • Special symbols indicating towns dominated by rebels of the former Al Qaeda Nusra Front (now Hayat Tahrir al-Sham or HTS) and by the Kurdish YPG militia (part of the US-backed SDF).
  • Detailed indication of city-by-city control, including key towns and other locations important to current events.
  • Locations of recent control changes and other important events, including Khan Shaykhun, Kabani, and more.
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since July 1, 2019, compiled by our Syria-Iraq expert, with links to sources. 

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