Issue

Fragile States

The balance of power between strong states was for decades the dominant issue in discussions of international security. But today, it is fragile states that are seen by many as posing potentially greater threats. Weak infrastructures, internal conflict, and lack of economic development provide fertile ground for trafficking, piracy, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, disease pandemics, regional tensions, and even genocide.

As a result, there is a growing movement in the international community to find comprehensive ways to promote stronger states, as well as more effective solutions to deal with those that are already on the brink of failure.

In Fragile States, you'll find reporting from around the world—from East Timor to Haiti, from Guinea Bissau to Afghanistan. The reporting demonstrates the dangers weak states pose—and also the international interventions that appear to be making a difference.

Fragile States was produced by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in partnership with The Bureau for International Reporting. Support provided by the Stanley Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Fragile States

July 21, 2017

Laughing at ISIS

Wes Bruer

If you are scared of terrorists, they relish that. If you express hatred towards them, they feed off of that. But if you laugh at them, they don't know how to react.

July 16, 2017

Inside Jordan: Life after the Syrian War

Aman Madan

Jordanian Identity is as ambiguous as it is rapidly evolving. After decades of championing coexistence, Jordanian identity remains an elusive social and political phenomenon.

July 11, 2017

Inside Russia

Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin

PBS NewsHour goes inside Russia for a series that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of the President Vladimir Putin’s enemies.

June 13, 2017

Tijuana Changes Lanes

Patrick Reilly

A high-tech bus route was billed as the solution to a chaotic, disorganized transit system. Can everyone involved in that system get on board?

June 05, 2017

Venezuela: Toward Collapse

Nadja Drost, Bruno Federico

As Venezuela’s social and economic crisis deepens, thousands of citizens are taking to the streets. Meanwhile, a quieter humanitarian one is unfolding as hunger and malnutrition spread.

May 02, 2017

South Sudan in Crisis

Jane Ferguson

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation but ethnic violence, economic collapse and famine are spiralling. Millions of lives, and the future of the country, are at stake.

July 21, 2017|

"I Want to Quit ISIS"

It's no secret that ISIS uses slick video to attract and inspire a young generation of terrorists, but a comedy troupe in India hopes to change that by lampooning the group in viral videos.

July 21, 2017|

India: Laughing at ISIS to Defeat Them

It's no secret that ISIS uses slick video to attract and inspire a young generation of terrorists, but a comedy troupe in India hopes to change that by lampooning the group in viral videos.