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.

Foreign Envoys Gather in Middle East

Calls for a ceasefire are loud and numerous
Ulrike Putz
January 6, 2009

As It Wields Power Abroad, U.S. Outsources Law and Order Work

DynCorp Is Asked to Restore Policing, In Iraq Vital to an American Exit; Chief Gillway Goes to Baghdad
Andrew Higgins
February 2, 2004

Gaza 2009 – To Win, All Israel Has to Do Is Survive

The international community is at a loss over how to end the stubborn hatred that drives the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Bradley Burston
January 2, 2009

A New Front, but It's Still One War

"How many battles can the United States take on at one time?"
David E. Sanger
October 20, 2002

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