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.

Guadeloupe Riots Turn Paradise Into War Zone as One Protester Shot Dead

Some responses to global recession prolong the hardship
Lizzy Davies
February 20, 2009

Freed Guantánamo Prisoners Taunt US as Closure Plan Falls Apart

Doubt and fear prevent quick closure of controversial prison
Tim Reid
February 10, 2009

Whose Resistance?

Democratically elected Palestinian leaders cannot forget that they represent people rather than a symbol
Amr Hamzawy
February 2, 2009

Not Everyone Got It Wrong on Iraq's Weapons

Scott Ritter, for one, was not.
Scott Ritter
February 5, 2004

Nuke Quarantine

America mounts pressure on Pakistan to allow it to 'secure' its nuclear arsenal
Amir Mir
February 26, 2004

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