Fragile States

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.

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.

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?

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...

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.