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

Highlights of 'The Box,' a Historic Performance on Alcatraz Island

Sarah Shourd’s play, based on her 3-year investigation into the horrors of solitary confinement, is a piece of transformational theater that asks us to re-examine long-held notions of punishment as it reveals the tragic—and sometimes painfully comic and absurd—realities that dictate life “inside the box.”

Iraq: The Battle for Mosul

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.

Fractured Lands

The unraveling of the modern Middle East, from the Iraq War to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. A landmark collaboration with The New York Times Magazine .

Central African Republic: Conflict and Promise

With a population numbering just 5 million, Central African Republic is a microcosm of sub-Saharan Africa's most enduring political and humanitarian crises. It is also the site of one of the continent's most ambitious attempts at preserving biodiversity.

An African Spring in Uganda?

In February 2016, Uganda strongman Yoweri Museveni won another election which opposition groups and international observers say was not free and fair.

Law and Order in Afghanistan

Pro-government militias are being lauded as a bulwark against rising insurgency, even while some stand accused of extrajudicial killings and running remote districts as fiefdoms.

Meet the Journalist: Dimiter Kenarov

Circumnavigating and sometimes crisscrossing the sea by ferry, visiting settlements and protected sites, Dimiter Kenarov draws a new environmental map of the Black Sea and its coastal area.

This Week: Where Domestic Abuse Is Tolerated

This week: a harrowing look into Russian domestic violence, a special investigation into how Jewish Federations spend their money, and how Qatar is jailing new mothers and their babies.