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.

Missing the Big Picture, US Policy on North Korea Could Bring Disaster

The US is overwhelmed with global challenges, North Korea or South China Sea, and fails to connect long-term strategy dots
Paul Bracken
March 8, 2016

Russia Achieves Tactical Success in the Middle East, But No Strategic Victory

Russia needs good ties with the West more than short-term gains in Ukraine and Syria
Thomas Graham
March 1, 2016

Sunnylands or Rancho Mirage? ASEAN and the South China Sea

ASEAN, with its timid stance on the South China Sea, risks irrelevance and Chinese dominance
Donald K. Emmerson
February 23, 2016

However Annoying, Failure to Engage Russia Is Not an Option

A strategic objective in engaging Russia must emphasize the profitability of balanced foreign policy in bridging East and West
Jochen Prantl
February 16, 2016

Russia’s Syrian Intervention Gives the West a Chance to Re-Engage Turkey

As Russia intervenes in Syria, the West could improve ties with defense, energy and refugee assistance for Turkey
Marc Grossman
February 11, 2016

With Tensions Rising, Asia Should Not Delay Settling South China Sea Disputes

Asian nations could unite and resolve South, East China Sea conflicts – showing they don’t need US as enforcer
Humphrey Hawksley
February 9, 2016

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Takeaways on China's Theft of a US Drone in Philippine Waters in the South China Sea

China snatched underwater research drone and returned five days later
Ankit Panda
December 21, 2016

In Turkey, a Capstone to a Violent Year; in Germany, a Realization of Fears

The attacks fuel hard-right policies
Tim Arango
December 20, 2016

“Dear World … Why Are You Silent?”: Aleppo Residents Make Social Plea for Help

Global audiences can follow the accounts of a family or child, but can't provide protection
Tu Thanh Ha
December 15, 2016

Blame Game Starts as Aleppo's Rebels Fall

The war is not over and fighters will continue to oppose the Syrian regime
Jeremy Bowen
December 14, 2016

Beijing Says Friendly Sino-US Ties Rely on One-China Policy

Comment by the US president-elect on longstanding policy could increase pressures for Taiwan
Kristin Huang, Liu Zhen and Teddy Ng
December 12, 2016

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