It took less than six years for South Sudan, the world's newest nation, to fall apart. As grantee Jane Ferguson reports in this 3-part series for the PBS NewsHour, a particularly vicious civil war has targeted civilians and pushed the country to the brink of famine. "Neither side in this war is backing down. It is spiraling into a frenzy of ethnic-driven murder and revenge. The dream of a peaceful South Sudan is dying with its people."
In France, the center held. Grantee Sarah Wildman, writing for Vox, looks at how 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron turned back Marine Le Pen's tide of far-right resentment and fear.
As the Trump administration promises to put American coal miners back to work, grantee Beth Gardiner's story for National Geographic explains China's mega-investment in wind and solar power.