The links between security and globalization were highlighted by the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, and the subsequent long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lingering poverty, inequality, religious extremism and war can sow discontent and resentment as unprecedented global mobility lends access to education and travel in other countries. Despite use of drones, cyber-warfare and other advanced weapons technology to mount counterterrorist attacks, the marginalized can strike out at vulnerable urban or economic centers. Annual global defense spending exceeds $1.6 trillion. Containing the trade in weapons, whether nuclear bombs or assault rifles, and preventing them from falling into the wrong hands remain a challenge.

Fall of Eastern Aleppo Marks Turning Point for Syrian Civil War

Russian airstrikes ensured victory for the Assad regime, a setback for the United States and its allies
Dilip Hiro
December 13, 2016

Taiwan, Thorn in China’s Side, Gets New Attention

Taiwan issue underscores limits of power for the US and China – and the calcification of international policymaking
Mark Harrison
December 6, 2016

US Walks Away From TPP, Leaving China Free to Dominate Asia

At the APEC meeting, China hustles to replace the TPP free-trade agreement with its own versions
Anthony Rowley
November 22, 2016

China and the US Undercut International Law for Their Narrow Interests

International law requires the consent of all parties, but China and the US reject when decisions cross short-term strategic interests
Humphrey Hawksley
November 17, 2016

Exasperated Neighbors Wish Regime Collapse for North Korea

China props up belligerent North Korea, driving South Korea to tighten ties with Japan and the US
Shim Jae Hoon
October 25, 2016

After Announcing “Separation From the US,” Philippines President Embraces China

Duterte’s belligerence toward the US alters strategic environment, but China may not budge on South China Sea
Murray Hiebert
October 20, 2016

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