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.

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

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

Why Iran Seeks Nuclear Weapons

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

US Not “Neutral” in South China Sea Disputes: Top US Diplomat

But the US has not yet ratified UNCLOS
Prashanth Parameswaran
July 28, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached With World

Provision allows for quick “snap back” on sanctions in the event of violations
David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon
July 15, 2015

Greece’s Russian Fantasy; Russia’s European Delusion

Russia is in no position to rescue Greece
Pavel K. Baev
July 10, 2015

When Violence Undermines Legitimacy

Peace and justice require respect for the rule of law by ordinary citizens and powerful states alike
Rami G. Khouri
July 7, 2015

Islamic State Seen Overtaking Al Qaeda in South Asia Social Media War

The Islamic State is not yet providing material support to the Taliban
Katharine Houreld
June 22, 2015