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.

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

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

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

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

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Analysis: Saudis Have Few Options as They Push Tougher Foreign Policy

Saudis may be furious over the Iran deal, but rely on US security
Angus McDowall
December 3, 2013

Karzai Has More Demands for Accord Extending US Troop Presence

Accord must be signed by end of year, or the US will prepare to walk away
Tim Craig, Karen DeYoung
November 28, 2013

China “Monitored” US Bombers in New Air Zone

Unannounced flights of unarmed B-52s test the zone
Jonny Dymond
November 27, 2013

LG Investigates Smart TV “Unauthorised Spying” Claim

Many TV owners don’t know about privacy settings
Leo Kelion
November 27, 2013

Merkel Says Spy Scandal Is Testing EU-US Trade Talks

Trade partnerships and spying do not mix well
Stefan Wagstyl
November 27, 2013

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