On War and Peace

In this November 19 photo, a Rohingya Muslim child runs on a mud track between tents at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Image by Maye-e Wong. Bangladesh, 2017. 
December 11, 2017 by Kristen Gelineau, Todd Pitman

"All I have left are my words," the Rohingya Muslim refugee said. The AP documents systematic gang rape of Rohingya women by the Myanmar military, and reconstructs a massacre in one Rohingya village.

October 31, 2017 by Richard Stone

During the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, chemical weapons killed or sickened tens of thousands of Iranians. Studies of the survivors are helping to prepare for—or even deter—future attacks.

A UXO Lao demonstration in the Xieng Khouang Province in northern Laos. Image by Erin McGoff. Laos, 2017.
October 25, 2017 by Erin McGoff

Erin McGoff is producing a full-length feature independent documentary titled "Little Land of Mines" about the resilience of the Lao people as they live among and work to clear 80 million unexploded...

Screenshot courtesy Reza Sayah PBS ​​​​​​​NewsHour.
October 11, 2017 by Reza Sayah, Gelareh Kiazand

In a multi-part series for PBS NewsHour, Reza Sayah and Gelareh Kiazand look at Iran’s influence in its war-torn neighbor.

Mosul. Image by Kenneth R. Rosen.
September 26, 2017 by Kenneth R. Rosen

Iraqi Kurdistan wants to split from Iraq's central government. But a group of young Kurds have joined controversial Baghdad-backed militias of Iraq. They provide a unique window on where the country...

Image by Cassandra Vinograd. Central African Republic, 2017.
September 5, 2017 by Cassandra Vinograd

As the Central African Republic slips back into chaos, the government is mostly powerless to intervene. Armed groups hold the power. Here's what happens—and who steps in—when state authority is...

Investigators search archives all around the world looking for the names of potential perpetrators, including the crumbling ship manifests at Argentina's Hotel de Inmigrantes. Image by Linda Kinstler. Argentina, 2017.
September 5, 2017 by Linda Kinstler

A team of German prosecutors are scouring two continents for Nazis who have managed to escape justice, hoping to bring them to trial before it's too late.

Still from PBS NewsHour broadcast, August 16, 2017.
August 17, 2017 by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Syrian war: We see the headlines, but know far less about the people caught in the conflict's crosshairs. What comes next for them, and how will that impact the future of the country and the...

A doctor from Médecins Sans Frontières speaks with Ibrahim Hassan, a Syrian refugee living in Northern Jordan. Staff from the Dharma Platform collect information and prepare to deploy new data-collection technology along the Syrian border. Image by Neil Brandvold. Jordan, 2017.
August 6, 2017 by Amy Maxmen, Neil Brandvold

In the chaos of crisis and human displacement, aid organizations struggle to track, analyze and respond to information fast enough to provide help. Tech and data science is providing a solution.

Image by Aman Madan. Jordan, 2017.
July 16, 2017 by 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.

Metal factory workers in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod strike after unionizing with the labor group, WAC Ma'an. Image by Miriam Berger. Israel, 2016.
February 17, 2017 by Miriam Berger

The privatization of the Israeli and Palestinian security, labor, and welfare sectors is among the most important—and under-reported—factors shaping Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Met Abdel Moneim al Shahat, a powerful Salafist leader who has been at the forefront of a campaign in Egypt aimed at keeping Shi’a Muslims out of the country and confronting those Sunnis, particularly the youth, who dare to convert to Shi’ism. Image by Geneive Abdo. Egypt, 2017.
February 6, 2017 by Geneive Abdo

After years of the raging wars in Iraq and Syria, most people still think the conflicts are about territory and political power. But religious practice and belief have a lot to do with it.