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.

Keep the Ban on Arms for China

Eliminating the ban would dramatically enhance China's rapidly developing military
Roger Cliff
March 22, 2004

Bush Seeks New Push to Curb N-Weapons

Keeping the lid on nuclear enrichment
Edward Alden
February 12, 2004

AQ Khan Issue Settled: Jamali

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lauded by his supporters for not letting in inspectors
February 9, 2004

At Least 7 Nations Tied To Pakistani Nuclear Ring

Dr. Khan's nuclear smuggling network comes to light
Peter Slevin
February 7, 2004

Afghanistan’s Perilous Roads: Allies Struggle to Find Safer Supply Route

NATO looks to one-time “axis of evil” member for safe route into war zone
Dieter Bednarz
February 18, 2009