Region

Eastern Europe

Gra w Ciemno

For thousands of migrants, to win “the game” means sneaking across mountainous border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, and then seek asylum in a promised land of Western Europe. Meet Zohaib Ali, 22-year-old student of mathematics and economy from Pakistan, who attempted to complete “the game” sixteen times, but won none.

Ukraine: Reforming a Police Force

Ukraine's government is set to completely change many of the Soviet-style state institutions, but it has a short window of opportunity and the notoriously corrupt police force is its main priority.

Bulgaria 25 Years After Communism

A look at the intended—and unintended effects—of democracy on Bulgaria, a nation still undergoing social and economic upheaval, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Black Sea: An Environmental Crisis

The Black Sea region has become the focus of heated geopolitical contention, but local environmental issues remain underreported and poorly understood.

Crimea: The Human Toll

Russia's military annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine has already upended many lives. LGBT people and drug users are among those most at risk.

Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege

Edging to the brink of civil war, Crimea has turned into a geopolitical crisis, perhaps the gravest threat to peace in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

Atlas of Pentecostalism

An interactive visual guide to the world's most rapidly growing religious movement.

Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania

Shale gas is an energy phenomenon not just in a broad swath of the United States but in places like eastern Europe, too. In both regions there is a tangled mix of hopes, hype, and concern.

Russia: On The Move

After 20 years of fading industry, rampant corruption, and no clear ideology, Russia is now on the move. Its young people are finding new homes in—and out—of the country.