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.

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

War of Words: What's in the Name “Rohingya”?

Myanmar’s fledgling democracy is marred by denying rights for a Muslim minority, urging foreigners to avoid historical term “Rohingya”
Azeem Ibrahim
June 16, 2016

The Politics of Memory: Tiananmen at 27

China’s leaders moved ahead with economic reforms soon after the Tiananmen crackdown, but silenced politics and memories
Nick Frisch
June 14, 2016

For the US, Sailing Around the South China Sea Is Not Strategy

US naval excursions are temporary response to Beijing’s permanent islands and equipment in the South China Sea
Harry J. Kazianis
June 2, 2016

An Alternative to Boycotts or Divestment for Israel

Boycotting Israeli firms that hire Palestinians won’t deliver peace; business-housing programs like New York’s Co-op City offer an alternative
Ian Shapiro and Nicholas Strong
May 26, 2016

Japan Trains Others to Enforce Law in East, South China Seas

Boosting and training coast guards is a civilian-power solution to tensions in the East and South China Seas
Yoichi Funabashi
May 19, 2016

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Historic Chance for Myanmar Peace Probably Scuttled

Rakhine has “the hallmarks of recent past tragedies – Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, Kosovo”
Michele Penna
January 9, 2017

To Confront North Korea, Talk First and Get Tough Later

ICBM program under development is lower priority than preserving the Kim regime
William J. Perry
January 9, 2017

The Hopes for Peace and Palestinian Statehood Fade Away

Israel counts on the United States to shield it from criticism
January 6, 2017

Algorithms Are Making US Small-Minded

Computer programs try to please but put users on narrow paths
Sydney Finkelstein
January 3, 2017

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