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.

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
M.J.Akbar
March 8, 2004

Growing Vulnerability of Seaports from Terror Attacks

How to protect ports while allowing global flow of trade is a new challenge
Michael Richardson
March 5, 2004

UN Inspection in Iraq Was No Sham

The UN success holds valuable lessons for stopping proliferation
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
March 26, 2004

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part I

Taiwan's democratic exercise provokes muscle flexing in Beijing and keeps Western defense industries in business
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
March 12, 2004

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India Steps Up Military Aid to Myanmar to Offset China’s Might

Aid includes aircraft, weapons, software, training
Rajat Pandit
November 4, 2013

Polio Outbreak in Northeast Syria Risks Spreading, WHO Says

UN and health care groups call for ceasefire to allow immunizations
Stephanie Nebehay
October 30, 2013

Which Asian Century?

Leaders can promote economic prosperity or regional tensions
Richard N. Haass
October 30, 2013

US on Spying Scandal: “Allies Aren't Always Friends”

Questions emerge on NSA freedom in selecting targets and accountability
Marc Pitzke
October 29, 2013

Anger Growing Among Allies Over US Surveillance

Merkel suggests that basic rights have been violated
Alison Smale
October 24, 2013

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