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

Putin Takes on Syria

Vladimir Putin's sudden interest in Syria makes Russia a global player again.

Nepal: Absence of Youth in Kala Bang

As you wander the village of Kala Bang, the absence of men—particularly young men—is starkly evident. Almost every face you come across is that of a child, a young woman or an elderly person.

Nepal Youth: Time to Leave?

Hundreds of Nepalese migrant workers die every year in pursuit of prosperity and income, yet thousands leave the country daily for foreign employment. This is the story of one young adult.

Afghan Ink

An artist records day-to-day Afghan life from Kabul to Herat in ink.