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.

Six-Party Standstill

Talk brings no action on eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons
December 18, 2008

Hidden Nuclear Drawings Found in Iran

The discovery of blueprints for a uranium enrichment device renews US suspicions of a covert nuclear program in Iran
Sonni Efron
February 13, 2004

The Revolt of a Disappointed Generation

Anger and anarchy spread from the birthplace of democracy
Manfred Ertel
December 18, 2008

U.S. and Europeans Agree on Sharing of Airline Passenger Data

A trans-Atlantic showdown over privacy rights is averted
Philip Shenon
December 17, 2003

Gauging Sri Lanka's Inroads in Battle Against Tigers

Military tactics do not eliminate political desires
Anuj Chopra
January 9, 2009

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