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.

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

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 2009

Lessons from an Unpunished Crime in Pakistan

The US says in effect: It's OK to proliferate if you are an ally in the War on Terror
Michael Krepon
February 9, 2004

India and Pakistan Get Ready for Cricket

How the old rivals are finding a way to peace
March 8, 2004


Sweden's NSA Spy Links “Deeply Troubling”

Hearings suggest NSA had plenty of helpers in Europe, but politicians were kept in the dark
David Landes
October 3, 2013

Nairobi Foreshadows Tomorrow’s Urban Conflicts

Better urban planning could prevent the need for extra police
David Kilcullen
October 1, 2013

Kenya Pays Stiff Price for Intervening

Terrorists may have strengthened Kenya’s resolve
Peter Fabricius
September 26, 2013

New Challenges for Global Food Security

Governments must act on climate change, food waste, price volatility
Marion Guillou
September 25, 2013

Egypt Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood Activities

Winners of Egypt’s first democratic elections are now deemed criminals
Laura King, Ingy Hassieb
September 25, 2013