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.

Save Pakistan to Save Us All

The international community would be foolish to dismiss Pakistan chaos as a regional problem in need of a military solution
Gautam Adhikari
January 12, 2009

Khan, Scapegoat or Magician Extraordinary?

Khan should not take the blame for a national problem
Ayaz Amir
February 5, 2004

The Struggle for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia

Such zones are practical and tangible steps toward a nuclear-free world
Togzhan Kassenova
January 8, 2009

U.S. Won't Lift Sanctions Until Libya Keeps Its Word

To avoid sending the wrong message to North Korea and others, US keeps up economic pressure
Steven Weisman
December 21, 2003

Foreign Envoys Gather in Middle East

Calls for a ceasefire are loud and numerous
Ulrike Putz
January 6, 2009

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