One of the examples used for the meaning of the word "illuminate" in Cambridge dictionary is:
to explain and show more clearly something that is difficult to understand:
an article which illuminates the issues at stake
I looked up the phrase 'at stake' online and I know it means at risk, but I still can not understand the meaning of the whole phrase 'issues at stake'.
Following explanation is added in order to prevent confusion about the answer I chose.
I had looked up the meaning of 'at stake' and 'stake' in at least three different dictionaries (Cambridge, Vocabulary.com, Oxford). What confused me was that I couldn't understand what does it mean for an issue to be at risk. That made me think maybe 'at stake' is not describing 'issues' but is related to how or where illumination is done. I couldn't find the connection between the meaning of 'issues at risk' and where the phrase 'at risk' comes from.