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From democracies to authoritarian regimes, government policies can have life and death stakes for citizens. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Politics” feature reporting on elections, political corruption, systems of government and political conflict. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on politics.

 

Ukraine, Russia Prepare for Peace Talks After Years of War

After nearly six years of war, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents are preparing to meet this week for the first time. The historic peace talks come as impeachment hearings continue in the U.S. Simon Ostrovsky reports from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine with a look ahead at the negotiations that could change the fate of those living in conflict.

Broken Justice, Episode 2: How Did We Get Here?

Americans didn't always have the right to an attorney. It all started with a pool hall robbery in Florida, and a drifter named Clarence Earl Gideon.

Broken Justice, Episode 1: 'Triage'

Can an attorney handle more than 100 criminal cases at a time? That's the reality for a public defender like Jeff Esparza, who represents defendants unable to afford their own lawyers in Kansas City.

Exploring Myanmar's Conflicted Future

As Myanmar emerges from half a century of isolation to join the globalized world, Doug Bock Clark and Corey Pattison will report on the forces struggling to shape the country's future.

Russia's Real Foreign Policy

What does Russia really want and how does it get it? A look at Russian foreign policy—from agenda to implementation—in Europe and the Middle East.

Up Against the U.S./Mexico Border Wall

Mexicans call it The Wall of Shame. Few people north of the border ever ask, what does the wall look like from Mexico, not just to ordinary Mexicans but those whose homes literally touch the wall?

Egypt's Deadly Infrastructure

Egypt’s infrastructure has real life costs for its citizens, and requires targeted and accountable investment. Can the government make the right ones?

Afghan Peace Talks

The task of making peace in Afghanistan seem to have fallen on the shoulders of unlikely men. This is the story of their efforts to end the war in Afghanistan.

Mugabe's Last Days

What will happen when Robert Mugabe's 36-year rule in Zimbabwe ends? Will life for millions of his oppressed, destitute countrymen get better—or even worse?

Philippines: The Execution Beat

Thousands of people have been executed on the streets of the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his all-out war on drugs. But shooting his way out of the problem is taking a heavy toll.

Navigating the Death Penalty in Pakistan

To counter terrorism, the Pakistani government has started executing all those convicted of terrorism. But they have overlooked whether those convicted received a fair trial or not.

Corporate Armies

A massive army has been built up around the world, not to fight traditional wars, but to protect corporate assets around the world.

Speaking About China

China is a vast land but our understanding of it is dominated by views from Beijing and Shanghai. In this series, we go off the beaten track to talk to people trying to shape China at its grassroots.

Paper Cuts: About the Project

Reporter John Schmid talks about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Paper Cuts" project, an in-depth examination of how China has taken away one of Wisconsin's signature industries.

This Week: Kabila's Clutch on Congo

This week: the far reaches of President Kabila's Kleptocracy, refugees born without a nation, and the forgotten story of Latin America's Schindler.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.

Analyzing How the Press Depicts Islam

Students will expand their understanding of Islam by comparing press coverage to what Muslims in the Middle East are doing to try to prevent the world from misunderstanding what most Muslims believe.

Libya After Liberation

Students will debate what policy Italy should implement when dealing with the migrants from Libya after their role in overthrowing Gaddafi.

Beyond 7 Billion

Students will analyze the choices for girls in Bangladesh and discuss whether working in the garment industry really does allow women to find more freedom.