Countries on the fuzzy edge between two continents are grappling with what it means to be in Europe or Asia today.
Three years ago, journalist Paul Salopek embarked on a decade-long walk around the world, He checks in with the PBS NewsHour to reflect on his journey thus far and what lies ahead.
Eben Harrell discusses what he learned from his reporting on Plutonium Mountain.
Eben Harrell details the process behind writing about nuclear materials left in Kazakhstan after the Cold War.
What almost happened to the plutonium left behind at the Soviet nuclear weapon test site in Kazakhstan?
Eben Harrell talks about the race to secure stocks of plutonium abandoned in a former Soviet republic.
The operation to secure Kazakhstan's Plutonium Mountain is a tale that spans 17 years and several continents, based almost entirely on ad hoc agreements struck by scientists and engineers.
The mission to secure an abandoned Soviet nuclear testing site and a potential plutonium “mine” has taken 17 years and a remarkable weaving of intelligence, diplomacy and engineering.
The Caspian Sea has been a strategic backwater for most of its history. But recent discoveries of large oil and natural gas reserves have touched off a five-way arms race.
The naval buildup in the Caspian Sea is amplifying regional tensions. It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states—and trillions of dollars in oil—in the middle.
Kazakhstan is placing bets on making Aktau a transportation hub—planning a massive expansion and setting up an economic zone with low tax rates. The U.S. will be key to jumpstarting this development.
Kazakhstan's ambitious president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is spending freely on new weapons. He also wants his country to build a world-class armaments industry.
Examining the cultural, historical, and political meanings of Europe by traveling along its geographical border with Asia.
Tunnels in a mountain in Kazakhstan once used to test Soviet nuclear weapons contained enough plutonium for terrorists to construct dozens of atomic bombs.
Oil in the Caspian Sea is making Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan rich. But with Iran and Russia on the sea, too, is it fueling a naval arms race as well?
Joshua Kucera traveled along the conventional border between Europe and Asia, from Istanbul's Bosphorus to the Russian Arctic—reporting on the people who live between East and West.
Will leftover plutonium from the Cold War fall into the hands of terrorists? Journalists David Hoffman and Eben Harrell discuss their reporting in Kazakhstan.
Grantee Joshua Kucera talks about the new arms race among the five Caspian countries, the unprecedented militarization of this "sea of peace" and what's really behind it.
Paul Salopek on the Old Silk Road.
Hezbollah have entered the war in Syria on the side of the regime—yet in neighboring Lebanon, they offer aid to those who flee from their aggression.