The Politics of Making Maps

The politics of making maps: Who Decides Where the Borders Fall?

Russia’s March invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula has not just been a headache for diplomats: it has also been the latest in a series of problems for mapmakers. Should Crimea be shown as Ukrainian? Russian? Disputed?

Map-making has always been a complex process, requiring cartographers to weigh political situations, among others, against the needs of their audience.