Interest Group - World Affairs - Middle East
Topic: The Middle East
The Middle East is an intercontinental area which is centered on North Africa (Egypt), Turkey (which is in both Europe and Asia) and Western Asia. The phrase ''the Middle East'' came into wider usage during the early twentieth century as a replacement of the name ‘’Near East’’. Some of the main ethnic groups in the Middle East include Azeris, Persians, Turks, Kurds, and Arabs among others. The Middle East occupies an area of about 2,782,860 sq miles with a population of over 371 million people. There are over sixty languages in the Middle East.
The term Middle East generally references seventeen nations in the transcontinental area of Western Asia and North Africa.
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