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.

The Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
February 23, 2004

President Bush's New Plan to Stop Proliferation

Will his unilateral approach and the budget shortfall make it all bark and no bite?
Joseph Cirincione
February 13, 2004

Gaza Explosions Reverberate in Europe

Devastation in Gaza reignites passion in Europe about Israel, Palestine and Muslim integration in the continent
Shada Islam
January 23, 2009

Anti-Piracy Patrols Presage Rising Naval Powers

An enduring legacy of Somali piracy could be new navies on the high seas
Brian Wilson
January 13, 2009

The Dilemma of Dealing With Terror Central

Could the war on terror intersect with an India-Pakistan war?
Ramesh Thakur
January 19, 2009

NATO’s Double Standards Make for a Hollow Alliance

The military alliance is only as strong and effective as its weakest links
Alexander Melikishvili
January 26, 2009


On the Selling of the Egyptian Coup

Morsi’s opponents and supporters each claim their tactics represent democracy
Ken Silverstein
August 1, 2013

Russia Should Use Own Electronics in Defense Industry: Deputy PM

Wariness emerges about secret spying capabilities in electronics
Alexei Anishchuk
July 31, 2013

The World as Free-Fire Zone

More than 80 countries have hopped on drone bandwagon
Fred Kaplan
July 31, 2013

US Urged to Adopt Policy Justifying Intervention

Syria may be case for “responsibility to protect”
Mark Landler
July 25, 2013

Phone-Tracking Program Defended in US Government Letter

Three branches of government monitor the program
Larry Neumeister
July 23, 2013