Caucasus in Context

Pulitzer Center Director Jon Sawyer traveled to Russia and throughout the South Caucasus, reporting on a region that is caught between East and West, North and South as well as its own conflicted history.

The project focused in part on several of the "frozen conflicts" left over from the collapse of the former Soviet Union, among them the disputed territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia and Nagorno Karabakh, between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The reporting also raised questions about the potential impact in a volatile region of any conflict between the United States and Iran.

Jon Sawyer on Georgia/Russia War

Pulitzer Center Executive director discusses Georgia-Russia war with anchor Shihab Rattansi of Al Jazeera English's Washington Broadcast Center. Sawyer reported from Georgia and the southern Caucasus in 2006 for the Pulitzer Center.

Georgia's Dangerous Game

While much of the world has been distracted by crises in Iran, Iraq, and North Korea, a dangerous dispute over espionage, energy, and ethnicity has been growing between Russia and its diminutive neighbor Georgia.

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Round four: Winning essays

In July 2008, The Pulitzer Center partnered with Helium to produce its forth round of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing contest. Contestents chose from multiple writing prompts related to international issues and Pulitzer Center reporting projects to sculp their winning essays. Read the winning essays below.

Jon Sawyer interviewed on Iraq, Iran and patterns in foreign policy

It sounds as if every subject is fair game in this year's elections, but one issue that's not being debated is America's posture toward Iran. Before leaving Washington to campaign, Republicans and Democrats passed the Iran Freedom Support Act, which the President signed with little fanfare. But critics say it's strikingly similar to the Iraq Liberation Act. Voted for by most of the Congress and every Senator, it called for "regime change," and it was later used as evidence that Congress favored war with Saddam Hussein.