Understanding the Middle East


Researchers from National Geographic believe that Millennials have a limited understanding of the world outside of their own. For example, in 2006, a geographical literacy study concluded that 63 percent of young Americans can’t find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map, despite the frequent news coverage since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Despite not knowing where it is, another poll by Pew Research found that 44 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should not have invaded Iraq to begin with.

For more than a decade now, America has been at war with several countries in the Middle East. But the Middle East has also been at war within itself. ISIS terrorist groups terrorize parts of the region, Syria fights a complicated civil war that seems to have no end in sight, and tensions continue between Israel and Palestinians over who owns the region known as the Holy Land.

America has known about these conflicts for years, but many have only skimmed the surface in understanding the reasons behind the violence in the Middle East.

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