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.

Global Security and Democratic Governance Falter as Historic Rivalries Reemerge

Amid rising nationalism, the democratic powers of the West struggle to retain openness and economic integration
Richard Weitz
July 21, 2016

Law Challenges China Dream for Control of South China Sea

With its hard line, China has painted itself into a corner while increasing the chance of conflict with its neighbors
Nayan Chanda
July 14, 2016

China Pivots to the Middle East and Iran

China rushes to invest in Iran, a Middle East pivot, as the US stubbornly sticks to sanctions
Debalina Ghoshal
July 7, 2016

Wolf-Pack Terrorism: Inspired by ISIS, Made in Bangladesh

ISIS reverses course: Jihadists leave Syria, putting countries like Bangladesh under siege and driving wedges amid political squabbling
Saroj Kumar Rath
July 5, 2016

Brexit and Bust: Britain Plunges Into the Unknown

The UK votes to leave the EU, and fury over cross-border economic and political cooperation won’t subside
Daniel Twining
June 23, 2016

Long Nuclear Shadow Could Revive Calls for Abolition

The 70-year-old Baruch Plan to eliminate nuclear weapons could prevent another arms race
Bennett Ramberg
June 21, 2016

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