Visualizing the territorial limits of State power

An even better map of the situation in the Levant than the one in the last post about the State:

Syria Iraq ISIL 2014From a recent Congressional Research Service report (

Again, nowhere near the complexity I think would actually exist in a map of effective State control or legitimacy as I last described, but this one does do a good job at showing the limited reach of the “regime” versus the internationally recognized borders.  I’d argue that one could make a map like this for any State, regardless of if it was in a civil war or not.  There’s also different levels of control that each group has over the areas that are shaded in as ‘theirs’ in maps like these, which isn’t reflected here except when two or more groups are actively contesting for an area.


~ by Ethan Tupelo on 02015.06.20.

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