Issue

Governance

The balance of power between strong states was for decades the dominant issue in discussions of international security. But today, it is fragile states that are seen by many as posing potentially greater threats. Weak infrastructures, internal conflict, and lack of economic development provide fertile ground for trafficking, piracy, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, disease pandemics, regional tensions, and even genocide.

As a result, there is a growing movement in the international community to find comprehensive ways to promote stronger states, as well as more effective solutions to deal with those that are already on the brink of failure.

In Governance, you'll find reporting from around the world—from East Timor to Haiti, from Guinea Bissau to Afghanistan. The reporting demonstrates the dangers weak states pose—and also the international interventions that appear to be making a difference.

 

Governance

The Danab Brigade: Somalia’s Elite, US-Sponsored Special Ops Force

In 2013, Somalia’s federal government wanted to create a counter-terrorism combat force to take on Islamist militants al-Shabab, which seeks to overthrow the government. After negotiations with the United States, an elite special forces unit was created in 2014: the Danab (“Lightning”) Brigade.

Battle to the Ballot Box

Voter suppression, harsh voter ID laws, and voter disenfranchisement are on the rise. How does this affect the competitive Democratic primary and United States' most-watched election?

South Korea: Sanctuary Island

In the summer of 2019, more than 500 Yemenis refugees arrived at Jeju Island, South Korea. With their visas soon expiring, many face the risk of losing the lives they’ve built and returning to a war-torn Yemen.

Dashed Dreams: Haiti Since the 2010 Quake

“Dashed Dreams: Haiti Since the 2010 Quake” takes a look back at what’s transpired in Haiti since the earthquake and explores how far the politically-troubled country has come 10 years later.

Venezuela in Crisis

One year after the power struggle over Venezuela’s presidency, the country remains at a stalemate and its refugee crisis is second only to Syria. PBS NewsHour reports from inside Venezuela.

Meet the Journalist: Tom Gardner

Tom Gardner discusses his reporting as he follows the railway from Addis Ababa to the Djibouti coast examining efforts of the Ethiopian government to use grand infrastructure to develop a poor region.

Meet the Journalists: Phil Caller and Tania Rashid

Phil Caller and Tania Rashid discuss their three-part series for PBS NewsHour on the Rohingya refugee crisis—reporting on the mass exodus, rape, child marriage, and human trafficking—and finding a strong will to live and tenacity among the people.

Exploring Other Countries

In this lesson, students use the Pulitzer Center website to research a specific country before giving an oral presentation. 

The Country a U.S. Corporation Left Behind

Students explore the impacts of the century-long relationship between Alcoa, an American corporation, and Suriname. They then debate the terms of Alcoa's exit from the country.