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.

Hijacked Supertanker Underlines Our Energy Vulnerability

Pirates may pose less danger than society's reliance on fossil fuels
Michael G. Frodl
February 17, 2009

Korean Bodyguards to Train Iraqi Police

Foreign troops may stay away, but Iraq still gets help from private bodyguards
O Youn-hee
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The War on Drugs Is a Failure

Three former presidents of nations in Latin America call for an end to the US war-on-drugs policy
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
February 23, 2009

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

Some responses to global recession prolong the hardship
Lizzy Davies
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Gaza Agreement Eludes Arab Leaders

Arab leaders hope to provide support, yet not fund further destabilization of the region
January 21, 2009

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