AMU Homeland Security Opinion

Geographic Changes Occurring Around the World

By Shelley Smith
For those who are on the go and need to know or are just interested, there have been several geographic changes that have occurred as France overseas territories of Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island were recently reorganized. The territories had previously been grouped together as Iles Eparses, also known as the Scattered Islands. Now they are constituted as a district of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, while St. Bathelemy Island and St. Martin Island that were part of France’s overseas region of Guadeloupe are separate overseas collectives. The CIA 2007 World Factbook, and the United States Board on Geographic Names(BGN) now recognizes East Timor as Timor-Leste.
More information on foreign geography can be found through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from the GEOnet Names Server (GNS).
The NGA has also released to the public an updated special reference map (or reference graphic) of Baghdad, Iraq that is suitable for reference only here. Contact the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to determine if this graphic is available for public distribution.

About the Author
Shelley Smith is an expert in analysis and research on national and international law, foreign affairs, criminal justice systems and the psychology of criminal behavior. Smith is currently working toward a B.A in Intelligence Studies with a focus on analysis and terrorism at American Military University.

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