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.

Why Iran Seeks Nuclear Weapons

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

The Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
February 23, 2004

President Bush's New Plan to Stop Proliferation

Will his unilateral approach and the budget shortfall make it all bark and no bite?
Joseph Cirincione
February 13, 2004

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

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Egypt Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood Activities

Winners of Egypt’s first democratic elections are now deemed criminals
Laura King, Ingy Hassieb
September 25, 2013

Myanmar, North Korea Stay Brothers in Arms

China and the US won’t let Myanmar be friends with all
Bertil Lintner
September 24, 2013

China Intensifies Internet Crackdown

Online criticism of the government equals defamation
Jamil Anderlini
September 16, 2013

Can Iran, Victim of Chemical Weapons, Help Fix the Syria Crisis?

Iran’s new president could instigate diplomacy
Karl Vick
September 13, 2013

A Syrian Lesson for India

Water shortages, climate change are security threats
Nayan Chanda
September 11, 2013

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