Mad Maps I: Why Are Borders Between ‘The Stans’ So Bizarre?

The borders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan that cross the Ferghana Valley in Central Asia look like they’ve been tossed together in a salad.

Why do some countries’ borders look like they were drawn by a chicken?

Chances are, the stranger the shape of a country, the greater likelihood that there’s a fascinating tale behind it. The consequences of old geopolitical power games still reverberate for the people who live near those borders: lingering tensions, meager supplies, closed-off communities, and even violence are common side effects.

In the first episode of a series we’re calling Mad Maps, we look at what happened — and is happening — in the Ferghana Valley, where tensions have been lingering for decades.


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