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On War and Peace

Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, thousands of maimed amputees remind us of the war that took 500,000 lives in 100 days. War leaves marks that cannot be erased—not only in Rwanda, but on every continent.

Reporting from On War and Peace examines the roots of conflict, whether it be religious hatred, sectarian rivalry, a security vacuum, the struggle for natural resources, or the desperation that results from poverty.

Pulitzer Center journalists also cover war’s aftermath: the transitional governments that result in chaos, diplomacy that goes awry, peace talks that never end, and the people who suffer the consequences, young and old. We see the children who go hungry, lose their homes, leave school, become combatants, or join the jihad.

Often the end to conflict leaves turmoil in its wake while the road to peace seems circuitous: In South Sudan, rebel-commanders-turned politicians plunge the country into civil war. In the U.S., troops return home from one war only to be re-deployed to another. But everywhere, in every conflict, there are also voices crying out for peace, determined to heal the divide.

On War and Peace

This Week: A New Libya

Does anyone miss Qaddafi? Not really. But as Nicolas Pelham reports, the Libyan Revolution of 2011 has not delivered on the reforms that so many had anticipated. And the worst may be yet to come.

This Week: Africa's War on Terror

Earlier this year, Yochi Dreazen traveled to northern Mali, where government troops and French special forces were battling a growing network of jihadists for control of a vast desert territory.

This Week: Syria's Catastrophe

The civil war in Syria is now manufacturing refugees on an industrial scale. Overall, nearly one third of the country’s population have been forced to abandon their homes.

This Week: Congress Considers

If Congress authorizes a punitive military strike against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, it will have consequences far beyond Syria’s borders.

This Week: Through The Wire

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.

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