The Real Network of Countries
What to to, when it’s raining outside and you have had too much coffee? Find the network perspective of course! Today’s victim of network analysis is the WORLD. The following picture is composed of UN’s nations’ land borders. Some of the borders are less obvious – such as the Spain-UK -border (Gibraltar) and the Morocco-Spain -border (Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera). The size of the node represents the betweenness of the node i.e. how many shortest paths between countries go through it. In the European perspective, Russia is the gateway to the east and Turkey to the Middle-East and Africa. No wonder the EU is focusing lot of attention to Turkey.
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