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

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

Putin Is No Ally Against ISIS

Instead, Russia sees an opportunity to weaken Europe by exacerbating the refugee crisis
George Soros
February 12, 2016

How to Manage the Migrant Crisis

Lack of an orderly process will tear Europe apart
February 8, 2016

US, Other Nations Condemn North Korean Launch of Long-Range Rocket

China resists sanctions and their effect on the teetering North Korean economy
Ralph Ellis, K.J. Kwon and Tiffany Ap
February 8, 2016

Tears and Destruction Amid Turkey PKK Crackdown

The US and the EU suggest that Turkey focus on battling the Islamic State
Mark Lowen
January 27, 2016

Opening a New Front Against ISIS in Libya

Intervention could rally extremists, destabilize neighbors and spur a new kind of Arab Spring
January 26, 2016