Qatar feud risks Gulf instability [program]

On the surface, the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar has much in common with Saudi Arabia and the other monarchies of the Arabian peninsula. Hydro-carbons have made it enormously wealthy, and it’s...

Turkey’s dying democracy

Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed as a moderate Islamist and modernizer. How times...

Malaysia’s 1MDB and Europe’s migrants [program]

On this two-part edition of Global Journalist, a look at political corruption in Malaysia and a controversial new film about migration to Europe. In Malaysia, the country's politics have been in turmoil for...

Female Kurdish guerrillas battle ISIS, stereotypes

Many groups around the world are involved in the battle against the Islamic State. But one group stands out more than the rest: that's a group of women guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK,...

The killer robot debate

Advances in technology have transformed modern armies. But as robotics and artificial intelligence progress, so do the chances that militaries will be able to develop 'killer robots' to fight future...

Venezuela’s other crisis: drug trafficking

Venezuela may be mired in political and economic crisis. But governance in the country is also undermined by the involvement of senior government officials in the drug trade. Among those sanctioned or...

Indonesia’s rapid deforestation

Indonesia has one of the world's largest remaining areas of tropical forests. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts...

India’s ‘missing children’ problem

The movie "Lion" won enormous popular acclaim in 2016 for its heartrending tale about a 5-year-old Indian boy who loses his family after boarding the wrong train. The movie has helped shed light on the huge...