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.

With Belgian Terrorist Attacks, Strains on a Battered Europe Grow

Response to terrorism: The EU cannot afford to cower, break up or rely on extreme responses
Griff Witte
March 25, 2016

Brussels Attacks Point to Broad Terrorist Network in Belgium

Investigators consider the reasons behind varying rates of radicalization in communities
Shiraz Maher
March 22, 2016

The Long, Thorny Path to Calling ISIS “Genocidal”

Linking ISIS with genocide provides a rationale for the US to step up the fight
Adam Chandler
March 18, 2016

Putin Withdrawing Russian Forces from Syria

The withdrawal could encourage a peace agreement
Max Fisher
March 15, 2016

Leaked IS Documents Identify Thousands of Jihadis

If true, the report suggests the terrorist group is fumbling and fending off disgruntled ranks
Stuart Ramsay
March 10, 2016