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.

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

Why Iran Seeks Nuclear Weapons

Mere talk of nuclear weapons serves as a shield for Tehran
Arch Roberts Jr.
January 8, 2009


Japan Says Fukushima Leak Worse Than Thought, Government Joins Clean-Up

Long-term disaster unfolds
Mari Saito, Antoni Slodkowski
August 9, 2013

Refugees in the MENA Region: What Geopolitical Consequences?

Refugees could destabilize the region even more
Barah Mikail
August 7, 2013

German Firms Scramble to Boost Data Protection

Corporate executives must think like conspiracy theorists
August 6, 2013

Rise in Violence “Linked to Climate Change”

Climate events affect economies, which can lead to violence, researchers claim
Rebecca Morelle
August 5, 2013

On the Selling of the Egyptian Coup

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