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.

UN Efforts in Iraq No Walk in the Park

Unlike the UN's experience in Cambodia, continuing violence and a weak government pose huge challenges to election preparations in Iraq
Benny Widyono
August 5, 2004

Global Terror Threats Pose Great Local Challenges to First-Responders

Firefighters, police, and emergency medical personnel in cities around the world need more money and support to respond effectively to terrorist attacks
S. L. Bachman
July 27, 2004

The War on Terror Yet to Be Won in Southeast Asia

The region has to walk a fine line between maintaining security and respecting human rights
Zachary Abuza
June 15, 2004

US Nation-Building Abroad – Part II

Iraqi abuse revelations deepen distrust of US
Fawaz A. Gerges
May 28, 2004

Terrorists and Their Tools - Part I

Suicide bombings driven more by politics than religious zeal
Riaz Hassan
April 23, 2004

US Nation-Building Abroad – Part III

Afghanistan unlikely to meet Washington's September elections deadline
Ahmed Rashid
June 1, 2004


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War over Ukraine would exact hard financial hit for Russia, the US, the EU
Lidia Kelly and Alissa de Carbonnel
March 4, 2014

US Policy Toward Venezuela: Seeing The Larger Picture

The US promotes regime change, but lacks strategy for governance
Steve Ellner
February 25, 2014

Two Talibans and India

The Taliban can keep fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or target an external foe
Ashok Malik
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Ukraine President and Opponents Sign Deal in Bid to End Violence

Europe helped broker the deal
Nate Rawlings
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