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.

Uzbekistan: A Third Front in the War on Terrorism?

Unless handled with care, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Charles William Maynes
April 5, 2004

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
Tamara Cofman Wittes
March 6, 2009

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

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009

Lessons from an Unpunished Crime in Pakistan

The US says in effect: It's OK to proliferate if you are an ally in the War on Terror
Michael Krepon
February 9, 2004

Growing Vulnerability of Seaports from Terror Attacks

How to protect ports while allowing global flow of trade is a new challenge
Michael Richardson
March 5, 2004

The Need to Face Facts in Asia

The US and its allies may have to prepare for a new order for Asia
Hugh White
April 22, 2016

A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working

But news sites are not on board with encryption
Andy Greenberg
April 21, 2016

Refugees and the “Globalization of Indifference”

Globalization of awareness and concern may entail tackling root causes of tragedy before it begins
Uri Friedman
April 20, 2016

Everyone Says the Libya Intervention Was a Failure: They’re Wrong

Some interventions must proceed even when chances are slim that stability will follow
Shadi Hamid
April 15, 2016

Out of Africa

Climate change adds to desertification, migration, conflicts and extremism
Thomas L. Friedman
April 14, 2016