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.

No More Rwandas

The US should follow Europe's lead and help the African Union create a rapid reaction force
Michael E. O'Hanlon
April 2, 2004

Clearing Clouds Over the Karakoram Pass

Sino-Pakistani cooperation in fighting terrorism improves relations, but other challenges may arise
Ziad Haider
March 29, 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


Why the Ukraine Crisis Should Be a Concern, As We Mark the Centenary of WWI

Political divisions linger throughout Europe
Ailish O'Hora
January 31, 2014

“Snowden Effect” Threatens US Tech Industry's Global Ambitions

Trust in cloud computing may be naiveté
Gerry Smith
January 28, 2014

Going the Distance

Profile of the US president analyzes inequality, human nature’s tendency to ignore long-term implications
David Remnick
January 22, 2014

EU Must Open Doors to Avoid Syrian Refugee Catastrophe, Says UN

With no end to civil war in sight, temporary camps are inhumane
Martin Chulov, Harriet Grant
January 14, 2014

The Misuse of American Might and the Price Paid

Interventions feed resistance and instability
Andrew J. Bacevich
January 13, 2014