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.

Al-Qaeda Tries to Split West Over Iraq

Terrorist group offers European countries a three month respite from terrorist attacks in exchange for withdrawing their forces from Iraq
Mark Huband
April 16, 2004

When US Aided Insurgents, Did It Breed Future Terrorists?

Scholar says Africa's experience with terrorism is "an illuminating vantage point" for the rest of the world
Hugh Eakin
April 10, 2004

Coalition Partners Get Cold Feet

Recent attacks test the political will of US allies in Iraq
Ewen MacAskill
April 10, 2004

Southern Carnage: Kingdom Shaken

Thai authorities fear retaliation by Muslims
April 29, 2004

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