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.

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

Wanted: European Grand Strategy for War Against the Islamic State

Europe, cultural identity under attack, must regroup and form grand strategy to battle extremism at home and abroad
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
February 2, 2016

Publish and Perish: Long Arm of Chinese Censors Reach Across Borders

China, detaining Hong Kong booksellers, demonstrates insecurity, willingness to enforce its laws across borders
Frank Ching
January 28, 2016

Iran Nuclear Deal Fuels Tension With Saudi Arabia Inflaming New Conflicts

The Iran nuclear deal was supposed to ease tensions, but Saudi Arabia seems frantic to antagonize its rival
Mohammed Ayoob
January 19, 2016

The US Faces Rival Powers Waging Hybrid Warfare

China and Russia increasingly achieve geopolitical gains, catching the West off-guard, with mix of hybrid tactics
Richard Weitz
January 12, 2016

North Korea’s Nuclear Test Deepens Chinese Dilemma

North Korea’s Kim regime openly challenges its leading benefactor, China, by claiming miniature hydrogen bomb test
Shim Jae Hoon
January 7, 2016

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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

Trump, CIA on Collision Course Over Russia’s Role in US Election

The US confronts many complex threats that require analysis by intelligence officials
David Nakamura and Greg Miller
December 12, 2016

Syrian Rebels in Secret Talks With Moscow to End Aleppo Fighting

Such talks, if underway, sideline the United States
Erika Solomon and Geoff Dyer
December 2, 2016

UN: Aleppo Risks Becoming Giant Graveyard

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting, but threat of Russian veto prevents action
December 1, 2016

Divisions Within Afghanistan’s Government Reach New Crisis Point

The government confronts instability and US leadership transition
Pamela Constable
December 1, 2016

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