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.

US Nation-Building Abroad – Part I

As the June 30 handover deadline nears, worries grow about what will be left behind in Iraq
Dilip Hiro
May 26, 2004

A New Coalition To Keep WMD Out of Terrorists' Hands

Operating outside the UN framework, the Proliferation Security Initiative sees growing support
Michael Richardson
May 10, 2004

Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Media: Anatomy of a Failure

Caught in the patriotic fervor, US media failed to adequately question government claims in the leadup to war
Susan Moeller
April 14, 2004

Terrorists and Their Tools – Part II

Using the Internet to recruit, raise funds, and plan attacks
Gabriel Weimann
April 26, 2004

Uzbekistan: A Third Front in the War on Terrorism?

Unless handled with care, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Charles William Maynes
April 5, 2004

While the US Looked for Iraqi WMD, North Korea Built Theirs

Bush's early refusal to deal with North Korea makes it harder now to walk Pyongyang back from its weapons program
Jack Pritchard
March 31, 2004


Bangladesh in Al Qaeda’s Crosshairs?

Unconfirmed audio suggests West is orchestrating Bangladeshi secularists in persecuting Islam
February 19, 2014

Islamabad Hides Behind Taliban Talks

Pakistanis wonder if either side can accept compromise?
Shams uz Zaman
February 7, 2014

Philippine Leader Sounds Alarm on China

Another Asian leader compares territorial claims to aggression prior to World War II
Keith Bradsher
February 5, 2014

The Specter of Mass Killings in Burma

Militant monks who attack religious minorities are giving Buddhism a bad name
Larry Diamond
February 3, 2014

As the World Revolts, The Great Powers Watch

Conflicts are many, and compromise is rare
John Lloyd
February 4, 2014