Fragile States

Lieutenant Colonel Pang Myong Jin, of the Korean People's Army, inside the Demilitarized Zone in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Image by Evan Osnos. North Korea, 2017.
September 8, 2017 by Evan Osnos, Max Pinckers

Three days after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in its nuclear standoff with North Korea, I arrived in Pyongyang to meet the officials responsible for analyzing America.

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.

Priyank Mathur, creator of the "Fight Terror With Comedy" programs rides in a rickshaw through Mumbai. Image by Wes Bruer. India, 2017.
July 21, 2017 by Wes Bruer

If you are scared of terrorists, they relish that. If you express hatred towards them, they feed off of that. But if you laugh at them, they don't know how to react.

Visitors to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Mohammedia, Morocco, play in the surf as the sun sets. Morocco has emerged as a moderate leader admist the political and social turmoil of the rest of North African and the Middle East. Image by Jackie Spinner. Morocco, 2017.
July 19, 2017 by Jackie Spinner

Morocco is on the verge of transformation, maneuvering to be a financial and political leader in Africa and hub for tolerant Islam. Will a divided society go along with its liberal king?

Image by Zach Fannin. Russia, 2017.
July 11, 2017 by Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin

PBS NewsHour goes inside Russia for a series that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of...

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.

A makeshift house that sits right up against the border wall in Otay Canyon in Tijuana. Image by James Whitlow Delano. Mexico, 2017.
April 17, 2017 by James Whitlow Delano

Mexicans call it The Wall of Shame. Few people north of the border ever ask, what does the wall look like from Mexico, not just to ordinary Mexicans but those whose homes literally touch the wall?

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.

Souvenir magnets in the Estonian capital of Tallinn depict pro-Putin novelties.
April 6, 2017 by Christian Caryl

The three Baltic republics—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—have been confronting the threat of Russian information warfare for years. What can the United States learn from their experience?

A workday street scene from the "Central" neighborhood, in Hong Kong, which was the scene of unprecedented anti-government protests in 2014. Image by Howard W. French. China, 2017.
March 21, 2017 by Howard W. French

Why, despite growing vastly richer and steadily more powerful over the last generation, has China remained frustrated in its goal of bringing Hong Kong and Taiwan under its unquestioned authority?

Forensic criminologist Ticas Israel brushes the body of an unidentified man killed by gang members and buried in a hidden grave in Ilopango. Image by Jason Motlagh. El Salvador, 2016.
March 3, 2017 by Jason Motlagh

In El Salvador, the murder capital of the world, authorities are failing to combat a brutal gang war that is driving a mass exodus out of the country.