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

Why Syrian Christians Back Assad

Syrian Christians now fear extremist rebels more than the government. Reese Erlich reports on shifting attitudes among the country's Christian minority.

Return to Afghanistan

Five years after her kidnapping, journalist Mellissa Fung returns to Afghanistan to complete the story she started at the time. See what she discovered, and how things have changed.

Two Webbies for "Dear Obama"

The Pulitzer Center, in conjunction with Human Rights Watch, has won two Webby Awards for our video and multimedia work with Marcus Bleasdale, drawing attention to human rights crises in Congo.