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.

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

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

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Chaos Theory of Donald Trump: Sowing Confusion Through Tweets

US officials and global leaders must study the patterns to determine their own responses to crises
John Wagner and Abby Phillip
December 27, 2016

Analysis: Understanding the UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements: What Are the Immediate Ramifications?

US abstention isolates Israel and Netanyahu
Barak Ravid
December 26, 2016

Crackdown in Turkey Threatens a Haven of Gender Equality Built by the Kurds

The West does not view the Kurds as terrorists
Rod Nordland
December 26, 2016

Erdogan: “No Doubt” Russian Envoy's Killer Linked to Gulen

Turkey’s president is on edge
December 21, 2016

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

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