In the last installment of the series, Zahra Ahmad reflects on her personal journey and what family history has taught her.
In the fourth part of the series, Zahra Ahmad pays her respects at her grandfather's grave and visits the tomb of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib.
In the third part of the series, Zahra Ahmad visits the ruins of ancient Babylon—and an abandoned castle that once belonged to Saddam Hussein.
In the second part of the series, Zahra Ahmad looks at what it means to be a woman in Iraq.
An Iraqi-American woman’s story of revolution, refuge, and return.
Kimberly Dozier appeared on CNN to discuss her reporting on Yazidi boys forced to fight for ISIS.
What will become of the thousands of youngsters press-ganged into ISIS’s forces in northern Iraq? The terrorists separated Yezidi children from their families, sometimes killing their parents in front of them.
Iraq's Yazidi minority has forgiven its women for being enslaved and raped by fighters from the defunct Islamic State, but it hasn't forgiven their children for being born.
ISIS fighters come back after dark. In many towns in Iraq, government control is surface-deep, and ISIS remains the power to be challenged, or joined.
Pulitzer Center Executive Editor Indira Lakshmanan evaluates today's political landscape in the Middle East.
Is fixation on the Mexican border a distraction from ongoing crises abroad?
New Yorker reporter Ben Taub tells NPR's Fresh Air that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, are being detained, tortured, killed, or cast out for suspected association with ISIS.
The story of an Iraqi-Irani woman’s experience of immigration highlights the importance of cultural re-exposure.
Will the continued suffering of ISIS's victims result in a resurgence of the terror group?
ISIS has been destroyed, but will Iraq’s campaign of revenge help bring about its resurgence?
As Iraq's religious and ethnic minority groups return to Mosul and the Nineveh plains, how are they supposed to rebuild not only their homes, but also their relations with one another?
The war against ISIS in Iraq is officially over. Now the government faces another momentous task: It must bring those responsible to account.
The Shia clerics of the Marjai’yah wield growing power and influence in Iraq. What will they do with it?
In a multi-part series for PBS NewsHour , Reza Sayah and Gelareh Kiazand look at Iran’s influence in its war-torn neighbor.
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 may be heading.
In the chaos of crisis and human displacement, aid organizations struggle to track, analyze and respond to information fast enough to provide help. Tech and data science is providing a solution.
At a critical time in Iraq’s history, Jane Ferguson examines the military forces involved in the battle for Mosul, the role of Iran-based militias and the status of Fallujah post-ISIS.
This year, a force comprised of Iraqi soldiers, Iranian-backed militias, Kurdish peshmerga, and Sunni police will attempt to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the Islamic State, or ISIS.
What difference did it make that Hurricane Katrina struck during major US military deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq? This piece explores hidden intersections between these defining events.
In Feb. 2019, journalist Zahra Ahmad returned to Iraq to reunite with her family for the first time since immigrating to the U.S in 1998. Here she explains what sparked her trip and what she learned.
Can trials of ISIS suspects bring about closure? Simona Foltyn travels to Baghdad to report on the justice process for alleged ISIS members.
The U.S. spent more than one trillion dollars on the war in Iraq but today Iran's influence appears to outweigh Washington's. How far has Iran extended its reach in Iraq and should the U.S. be concerned?
Kenneth R. Rosen traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region, that is home to 4 to 5 million Kurds, to cover the referendum for independence.
As the U.S. government responded to Hurricane Katrina what difference did it make that the nation was at war? In what ways were post-Katrina relief operations experienced as the war “coming home"?
Scott Anderson discusses how he chronicles the lives of six people to tell the story of the collapse of the Middle East. "We're all living with the fall-out of what has happened in this region."
Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and video journalist for The New York Times, Ben C. Solomon, discusses his VR film, "The Fight for Falluja."
Writer Luke Mogelson discusses reporting on the frontlines of the Mosul Liberation Force's fight against ISIS in Iraq.
Journalist Emily Feldman discusses the two questions that drew her to northern Iraq to report on the Yazidis, nearly one year after ISIS fighters brutally targeted the religious minority.
The Islamic State (ISIS) is recruiting increasing numbers of displaced Syrian youth. In many ways, it operates as a darkly militant variant of youth culture rebellion.
How is religion used to foster peace and healing in active conflict societies?
Taub wins in the Reporting category for "Iraq's Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge," an expose of the Iraqi government's quest for revenge after the defeat of ISIS.
Pulitzer Center grantees Nahal Toosi, Patrick Brown and Ben Taub have been nominated for the 2019 National Magazine Award for Print and Digital Media in Reporting.
This Week: Nearly one in five children in America suffers from being poor, deportations are straining relations between Australia and New Zealand, and ISIS has undermined faith in Iraq.
Journalists and policymakers discuss the impact of external intervention in global conflicts during a panel at the Pulitzer Center Beyond War Conference.
The New York Times Magazine virtual reality film "The Fight for Falluja" and two other grantee projects have been named finalists in the Online Journalism Awards.
Pulitzer grantees Paolo Pellegrin and Scott Anderson win the 2017 Marco Bastianelli award for the Italian edition of their book 'Fractured Lands.'
The first edition of Detours, a new podcast supported by the Pulitzer Center, launched with an interview with journalist Scott Anderson.
A Yazidi activist's ingenious plan to save his people.
This week: the global rise of private security services, China's motivation for investing in renewable energy, and photographs from a teenage refugee.
Madeleine Albright and Stephen J. Hadley appeal for bipartisanship in meetings with Pulitzer Center partner schools in Philadelphia.
Teacher Faraz Chaudry describes how he used "Fractured Lands" to examine the unraveling of the Middle East with 8th grade students in Wheeling, IL.
Conflict—difficult to define, but keenly felt. Explore these stories about under-reported aspects of conflict and peacebuilding.
This art lesson is an examination of the conflict in the Middle East. Students will learn about the basics of Islamic Art, and create their own artwork to contribute positively to this global crisis.
This global affairs lesson plan engages students in Scott Anderson's "Fractured Lands," a gripping examination into the unraveling of the modern Middle East through the stories of six individuals.
These lesson plans present close reading, writing, discussion, and hands-on activities that explore "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart," Scott Anderson's New York Times Magazine story.
This lesson challenges students to take a position related to what is causing or fueling conflicts that could be labeled religious. Students create an argumentative research paper and presentation.
After reading, discussing, analyzing and synthesizing "Fractured Lands", students will develop a children's book further exploring a character, region or event.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented from The Pulitzer Center.
This digital interactive notebook was created to help middle school students grasp the important information presented in the Preface section of “Fractured Lands” by Scott Anderson.
Students will illustrate their critical reading of "Fractured Lands" and their assessment of the causes and effects of the crisis in the Arab World by creating a 30-foot timeline.
This lesson provides guidelines for students to create their own play based on "Fractured Lands," a story published by The New York Times Magazine in the print edition on August 14, 2016.
After discussing “Fractured Lands,” groups of students will present on a particular character’s story, contextualizing it in terms of contemporary history, geopolitics, and conflict.
This lesson plan is designed as a guide for engaging students in Scott Anderson's "Fractured Lands," a gripping examination into the unraveling of the modern Middle East.