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I am looking for a global shapefile that allows you do show data for all disputed areas (like Waziristan, Spratlay Islands, Kahsmir, etc.). Do you have any idea where I can find a shapefile with not only the recognized countries but all disputed territories as well? Thanks a lot for any helpful input!

Stephanie

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This could be quite difficult to define, I imagine most agencies such as the UN would only produce data pertaining to their member states. You could try some sources like the world bank or UNICEF, but I doubt a single perfect shapefile exists. –  sgrieve Sep 25 '12 at 10:43
    
I know Kahsmir is one of disputed areas but is Waziristan a disputed area? Have a look on gadm.org –  iRfAn Sep 25 '12 at 12:04
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Natural Earth v2 is now available

the full list published on 18th August 2012 is here:

http://kelsocartography.com/downloads/gis/2012/natural_earth/ne_2.0.0_rc2/natural_earth_2.0.0_rc2_vector/

blog post on the changes http://kelsocartography.com/blog/?p=4246

300mb zip file is available - http://kelso.it/x/ne2rc2v0 [direct link]

disputed areas might not be how you have envisioned - it depends on the original source There are over 200 in total across the world

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territorial_disputes

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