Fragile States

March 22, 2018 by Joshua Hammer

Robert Mugabe's downfall after 37 years in power left beleaguered Zimbabweans euphoric, but the rise of Emmanuel Mnangagwa, aka The Crocodile, suggests that the rejoicing might be premature.

A coffee cart in Bangui, one of many wheeled around the bustling, dusty capital city. The front reads "La Paix" - "Peace". Image by Jack Losh. Central African Republic, 2018.
January 16, 2018 by Jack Losh

Five years since war erupted, life in the Central African Republic is again spiralling out of control, with families caught in a deepening humanitarian crisis. How do you survive when your country is...

Local volunteers teach martial arts to young Syrian refugees at the Homs League Abroad in Amman. The center hopes such activities will bring positivity to the children's everyday lives. Image by Sawsan Morrar. Jordan, 2017.
December 20, 2017 by Sawsan Morrar

While Syrians find refuge and aid in Jordan, little has been done to address the mental trauma they have faced—until now.

Image by Nahal Toosi. Bangladesh, 2017.
December 11, 2017 by Nahal Toosi

Did the United States ignore signs of a coming mass atrocity against the Rohingya when it chose to upgrade its relationship with Myanmar and lift sanctions on the country?

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...

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...

Azindo Nchegir is a subsistence farmer and agent for the Chinese gambling machines in Zamashegu. Image by Noah Fowler. Ghana, 2017.
August 5, 2017 by Jonathan Kaiman, Noah Fowler

Across Africa, the era of U.S. and European hegemony is ending. As China fills the gap, the continent is changing in ways we’re only beginning to understand.

Image by Umar Farooq. Pakistan, 2017. 
July 24, 2017 by Umar Farooq

Even as they grapple with US drones, the Pakistani military, and al-Qaeda and Taliban jihadis, the seven million residents of FATA are struggling to bring the rule of law to their land.

May 2, 2017 by 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.

April 10, 2017 by Leslie Roberts

Terrorized by Boko Haram for years, millions of people in northeastern Nigeria have fled to crowded camps and cities and are suffering from a deadly combination of severe malnutrition and infection.