Fragile States

Refugees climb out of their dinghy on the shores of Lesbos after having crossed from Turkey, about seven miles away. Image by Tzeli Hadjidimitiou. Greece, 2015.
March 22, 2017
by Emily Kassie, Robin Shulman

How are the lives of refugees impacted as they migrate throughout the world? And how does their migration affect the global economy? Join us in New York to discuss.  

A still image from the Pulitzer Center supported animated short about the Panama Papers.  Image by Carrie Ching.  United States, 2016. 
March 22, 2017
by Jeff Barrus, Carrie Ching

The International Consortium for Journalists, Elliott Woods, Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie, and Ben Taub all won 2017 Overseas Press Club Awards.

Joshua Wong (center) leading pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Image by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images. China, 2014.
March 22, 2017 / The Guardian
by Howard W. French

When Britain handed over control to China, Hong Kong was a beacon of freewheeling prosperity – but Beijing’s grip has tightened. Is there hope for the city’s radical pro-democracy movement?

The Europe-Asia border marker at a club on an island in the middle of the Bosphorus. Image by Joshua Kucera. Turkey, 2016.
March 21, 2017
by Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera traveled along the conventional border between Europe and Asia, from Istanbul's Bosphorus to the Russian Arctic—reporting on the people who live between East and West.

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?

Capturing suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia. Image courtesy of the European Union Naval Force. Somalia, 2012.
March 20, 2017
by Jon Sawyer, Michael Scott Moore

Campus Consortium partner collaborates with Pulitzer Center to raise awareness of risks journalists face in reporting around the world and demands of the profession in a rapidly changing environment...

A soldier walks through an alley in the vicinity of Methar Lam. Image by Cpl. James L. Yarboro. Afghanistan, 2005.
March 17, 2017
by May Jeong

President Trump is inheriting a war in Afghanistan that is entering its 16th year. Why are we still there and who are some of the actors trying to end the conflict?

Old cars still adorn the streets in Havana, providing an ever-present reminder that the U.S. enforced embargo still restricts this island nation. While the embargo has caused building projects to be delayed and car importation to be largely blocked, media is still finding its way in through El Paquete and other black market means. Image by William Neely. Cuba, 2016.
March 15, 2017 / Untold Stories
by William Neely

From government employees in censored newspaper chains, to rebellious internet bloggers, Cuba is in the midst of an information revolution.

The Great Hall rests at the head of the central hub of the Braamfontein campus at the University of Witwatersrand. Many of the most remembered protests have taken place at university centers, and the Great Hall is no exception. Two police vehicles wait along with four others not pictured outside during the registration period. Image by Lorraine Pettit. South Africa, 2016.
March 15, 2017 / Untold Stories
by Lorraine Pettit

The cost of attending university has been increasing around 10 percent annually in South Africa, and students and their families are finding it difficult to keep up.

Natalie Keyssar presents to a group of homeschooled students at the Pulitzer Center office. Image by Fareed Mostoufi. United States, 2017.
March 14, 2017
by Ifath Sayed, Natalie Keyssar

Home-schooled students from the academic and support group, "Culture at Home," wrote opinion pieces on a presentation by Pulitzer Center grantee Natalie Keyssar.

Servers at a snack counter in a tent located outside a cinema in Pyongyang during the Pyongyang International Film Festival. Image by Laya Maheshwari. North Korea, 2016.
March 13, 2017 / The Caravan
by Laya Maheshwari

Shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang is unlike other activities in the Hermit Kingdom or shopping nearly anywhere else in the world.

Former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer at Washington University discussing "A New Approach to the Middle East." Image by Lauren Shepherd. United States, 2017.
March 13, 2017
by Ifath Sayed

CBS Philly covered the Pulitzer Center-sponsored discussion with Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley.