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.

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

Asians Concerned by Extreme Comments of US Presidential Campaign

East-West Center report identifies five trends in Asian reactions on anti-trade stances of US presidential candidates
Satu Limaye and Robert Sutter
October 4, 2016

Unpalatable Choices: Facing North Korea's Nuclear Reality

North Korea’s series of nuclear detonations and missile tests requires new diplomatic strategies – perhaps even liaison offices
Bennett Ramberg
September 20, 2016

China’s Non-Peaceful Rise Already in Play?

China may view a divisive US election as an opportunity to control contested features in the South China Sea
Harry J. Kazianis
September 8, 2016

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