Azerbaijan’s war on independent media

Under President Ilham Aliyev, the economy of Azerbaijan has expanded spectacularly. An oil boom has fueled a 10 fold increase in the size of its economy since he took power in 2003. But under Aliyev, the...

The debate over government transparency

The United States is an open society with an open system of government. That means the press and ordinary people have the right to scrutinize how our leaders make decisions. The idea is that when government...

Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains

At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a...

Bosnia’s stalled recovery

Twenty years after Europe's bloodiest war since World War II, Bosnia is a country riven by ethnic divisions and poverty. After its recent application to join the European Union, Bosnians and their leaders...

U.K. considers a European ‘Brexit’

In June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether it will remain part of the European Union. The so-called “Brexit”, according to supporters, would allow the U.K. to better control immigration and free...

Russia’s information war

Russia is no stranger to conflicts, but under Vladimir Putin its most enduring one may be the war over news and information. Over the past decade the Kremlin has virtually eliminated independent television...

Catalonia’s drive to leave Spain

A year after Scots voted on whether to leave the United Kingdom, the regional parliament in Catalonia has approved a plan to secede from Spain by 2017. Spain's constitutional court has ruled the plan illegal...

New optimism on climate change

The Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has led to new hope that the worst effects of climate change may be avoided. On this edition of Global Journalist, our guests analyze the climate...

Turkey votes amid violence, media crackdown

Turkish voters will go to the polls Nov. 1 amid a spasm of political violence and renewed conflict with Kurdish guerrillas. The vote also comes just weeks after the most deadly terrorist attack in Turkish...

The Francis effect

Next week is an historic one for Pope Francis. He’ll make his first trip to the United States since becoming pope in March 2013. He’ll visit President Obama in Washington D.C., stop by a high school in a...