Fragile States

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.

Seascape view from aboard the German frigate ship, the Frankfurt am Main, in the Mediterranean Ocean off of Tripoli. Image by Michael Scott Moore. Libya, 2016.
February 22, 2017 by Michael Scott Moore

Smugglers along the trail from East Africa to Europe, through Libya, tend to look after their own. Are former Somali pirates running Somali migrants?

New informal development in a Western suburb of Cairo encroaches onto agricultural land. Image by Jahd Khalil. Egypt, 2016.
February 10, 2017 by Jahd Khalil

Egypt’s infrastructure has real life costs for its citizens, and requires targeted and accountable investment. Can the government make the right ones?

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley discuss a new approach to the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. Image courtesy of Atlantic Council/Victoria Langton. Washington, D.C., 2016.
January 23, 2017 by Jon Sawyer

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley will tour high schools and universities with the Pulitzer Center's Executive Director Jon Sawyer...

A family and friends of the deceased grieve standing before an open casket.
January 19, 2017 by James Fenton

A new president is elected in the Philippines on a promise that he will crack down on drugs, dealers and users. Thousands of poor people have already been killed.

January 19, 2017 by May Jeong

The task of making peace in Afghanistan seem to have fallen on the shoulders of unlikely men. This is the story of their efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.

A view of San Salvador from the northern outskirts of the city. Image by Jonathan Blitzer. El Salvador, 2016.
January 16, 2017 by Jonathan Blitzer

Thousands of Salvadorans deported by the Obama Administration find a surprising new life in an unfamiliar homeland.