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 Dilemma of Dealing With Terror Central

Could the war on terror intersect with an India-Pakistan war?
Ramesh Thakur
January 19, 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
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China “Monitored” US Bombers in New Air Zone

Unannounced flights of unarmed B-52s test the zone
Jonny Dymond
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LG Investigates Smart TV “Unauthorised Spying” Claim

Many TV owners don’t know about privacy settings
Leo Kelion
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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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