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.

Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam

Islamic extremists preach to conquer their host countries while enjoying the liberties they provide
Patrick E. Tyler
April 26, 2004

'The World Stood by for Too Long'

Ten years after the genocide, the papers wonder what lessons can be learnt
April 8, 2004

China Girds for Wider Influence in Asia

Beijing is using trade and anti-terrorism to balance US influence in the region
Frank Ching
September 6, 2003

Foreign Ministers Meet on North Korea Nukes

South Korea and China prepare for third round of negotiations
Choi Soung-ah
March 29, 2004

India Seethes as US Warms to Pakistan

American focus on anti-terror fight hurts regional peace efforts
Edward Luce
April 1, 2004

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