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.

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 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

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

Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for US Comfort

Familiar routes prevent accidents but also create vulnerabilities
David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt
October 26, 2015

Among the Lucky Few: Syrian Family Rebuilds in America's Heartland

Diverse faith groups team up to provide aid
Ari Shapiro
October 21, 2015

You've Got Fail: High School Students Claim Hack on CIA Director's AOL Account

Email users fail to take advantage of all security measures
Sam Thielman
October 20, 2015

Climate Change Is a Threat to Global Security That Demands a Global Response

NATO monitors climate change as threat to borders
Neil Morisetti
October 16, 2015

A Global Test of American Power

Using military power is not the same as winning hearts, minds or territory
Gideon Rachman
October 14, 2015