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.

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

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


China Loses North Korea Link, But May Welcome Purge

No nation or individual can feel secure over North Korea
December 13, 2013

US Suspends Nonlethal Aid to Syria Rebels

The US struggles to identify moderates in Syria
Michael R. Gordon, Mark Landler, Anne Barnard
December 13, 2013

Forestalling Genocide in the Central African Republic

France secures UN and African Union approval to intervene
Gwynne Dyer
December 11, 2013

Cold War in the Pacific: China Escalates Tensions with Neighbors

Small islands symbolize long list of historical grievances by major trade powers
Hans Hoyng, Wieland Wagner, Bernhard Zand
December 6, 2013

China Tried Muscling South Korea in Yellow Sea

China may try to extend border with North Korea to South Korea
Jeong Yong-Su
December 5, 2013