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.

Obama's Cautious and Calibrated Approach to an Assertive China

Whether the US-China relationship after Obama continues with confrontation or cooperation may be in Xi’s hands
Robert Sutter
April 19, 2016

Life After the Nuclear Security Summits: Are We Safe?

The nuclear security summits raised awareness and improved security, but threat of terrorists seizing fissile material is high
Richard Weitz
April 14, 2016

China, Russia Seek to Profit as the EU Beacon of Democracy Goes Dim

The EU – divided over debt, entitlements and refugees – confronts authoritarian politics at home and from afar
Humphrey Hawksley
April 5, 2016

Europe Must Adapt to a Dangerous World

Economic clout alone does not protect Europe; EU leaders must project influence abroad to shape the international system
Daniel Twining
March 29, 2016

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

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