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.

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part I

Taiwan's democratic exercise provokes muscle flexing in Beijing and keeps Western defense industries in business
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
March 12, 2004

Is a Nuclear Deal with North Korea Feasible?

Kim Jong Il rattles the saber to get the most out of a new US administration
Peter M. Beck
February 27, 2009

End Game in Sri Lanka

Global factors bring long civil war to a close, but only reconciliation can end an extremist ideology
Harsh V. Pant
February 23, 2009

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
Tamara Cofman Wittes
March 6, 2009

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

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Bradley Manning's 35-Year Sentence Is a Halfway House

Individuals who expose secrets can be both domestic threat and global hero
Mark Mardell
August 26, 2013

Syria Opposition Demands Urgent UN Probe into Alleged Chemical Attacks

UN team awaits authorization
Dominic Evans, Khaled Yacoub Oweis
August 22, 2013

People Will Pay if Army Fails Challenge of Political Islam

Under siege, Islamic politics won’t simply vanish
Amin Saikal
August 15, 2013

Big Brother Is All Ears: India Proposes What Snowden Discloses

Telecom firms get blueprint to track unlawful activities
August 14, 2013

This Is Not Time to Slap Iran

Negotiations, Mideast peace would thwart extremists – more so than sanctions
Trudy Rubin
August 12, 2013

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