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

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

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

Hollande Blames ISIS for Attacks in Paris as Death Toll Rises

Europe and other global powers call for unity, but domestic politics may add challenges
Adam Nossiter, Aurelien Breeden and Nicola Clark
November 14, 2015

Crisis Without End: The Disintegration of the European Project

Historical precedents, the breakups of Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia, suggest that a collapse of the EU is not unthinkable
Brendan Simms and Timothy Less
November 14, 2015

Cybersecurity Treaties May Be Nice, But It’s Every Country for Itself

Countries could disagree on what constitutes a cyber threat
Robert Litwak and Meg King
November 13, 2015

Egypt Can’t Blame Everyone Else

Egypt’s crackdown on activists, media invites global press scrutiny
H.A. Hellyer
November 9, 2015

Iran's Involvement in Syria Talks Alarms Hardliners

All parties agree on political process that includes ceasefire
Kasra Naji
November 2, 2015