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

Chicken Farming Brightens Future for Haitians

Rebuilding a chicken sector in rural Haiti has been accompanied by challenges including training, repayments and cheap imports, but now hundreds are able to access a new source of sustainable income.

Marriott Takes a Gamble in Haiti

The Marriott Port-au-Prince hotel is in its second year of operation and employs 165 people, nearly all of whom are Haitian. Still, demand is less than anticipated.

Meet Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh is a roving freelance multimedia journalist. He has reported from over 30 countries throughout West Africa, the Mideast, Central and South Asia for leading US and international media outlets.

Meet Ginny Hill

Ginny Hill is a British freelance journalist, writing and broadcasting on Yemen. She has reported for the BBC and NPR. Her articles have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph and Jane's Islamic Affairs Analysis.