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April 03, 2016|

Nuclear Winter: A Retro Report

Carl Sagan was among a group of Cold War scientists who once feared that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. Three decades later, does this theory still resonate?

July 05, 2016

Cold War Fault Lines

Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin

From Estonian militias to separatist fighters in Ukraine, tensions between NATO and Russia are approaching Cold War levels.

May 25, 2016

Ukraine's Most Vulnerable, Two Years On

Julia Barton, Sophie Pinkham, Misha Friedman

Two years after Euromaidan, the Russian seizure of Crimea and conflicts in eastern Ukraine, a depressing new reality has sunk in for many displaced Ukrainians: they're not getting their old lives back.

April 19, 2016

The Labor Train

George Butler, Joseph Schottenfeld, Tim Brown

An intimate profile of labor migrants making their way to Russia by train and bracing for—sometimes looking forward to—work and life in Moscow.

November 20, 2015

The Return of Cold War Nuclear Fears

Rachel Oswald

Ongoing U.S.-Russia tensions around Ukraine have spilled over into the nuclear weapons realm, putting at risk decades of post-Cold War effort to foster nuclear predictability, stability, and safety.

December 05, 2014

A War’s Diaspora: Syrian Refugees in a Troubled Europe

Joanna Kakissis, Holly Pickett

Thousands of displaced Syrians have made treacherous journeys across land and sea to the safe haven of Europe. But many here don’t want them. How are the new immigrants adapting and adjusting?

November 17, 2014

Russia: Anti-Gay Policies and a Surge in HIV

Nora FitzGerald

Russia's government crackdown on the LGBT community is fueling an alarming increase in the AIDS epidemic in Russia. New infections increased by 10 percent in 2013.

October 03, 2014

The Black Sea: An Environmental Crisis

Dimiter Kenarov

The Black Sea region has become the focus of heated geopolitical contention, but local environmental issues remain underreported and poorly understood.

March 06, 2014

Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege

Dimiter Kenarov, Boryana Katsarova

Edging to the brink of civil war, Crimea has turned into a geopolitical crisis, perhaps the gravest threat to peace in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

January 11, 2014

Official Homophobia in Russia

Misha Friedman

With homophobic rhetoric now legitimized by federal law, being gay in Russia can be extremely dangerous.

November 06, 2013

Russia's Monotowns

Anna Nemtsova, Brendan Hoffman

Monotowns, Russian cities dependent on dying industries, face an even more uncertain future now that Russia has joined the World Trade Organization.

July 30, 2013

A Melting Arctic

Yves Eudes, Olivier Truc

Global warming is happening faster around the Arctic Ocean than anywhere else. To adjust to this new climate, local communities must change the way they live and work – for better and for worse.

August 28, 2015|

Russia: Could Streams Amplify Global Warming?

On a skiff in remote Siberia scientists measure bubbles from a river in hopes of understanding how global waterways may be contributing to carbon emissions.

August 26, 2015|

Russia: Fire Above the Arctic Circle

The arctic is facing a new threat: Fire. As the flames intensify, scientists want to know if fire will increase carbon emissions and accelerate global warming.