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.

Rising Tide

Tightened borders in the EU create migrant bottleneck in Greece
March 7, 2016

North Korea Sanctions Largely Depend on China’s Implementation

UN member states have a legal responsibility to implement the sanctions
Lee Je-hun
March 3, 2016

The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

Delayed diplomacy contributes to failed state
February 29, 2016

Why More Defense Spending Could Slow Technology Growth

War draws science and math resources that would otherwise spur trade and economic growth
Satyajit Das
February 24, 2016

Radioactive Material Stolen in Iraq Raises Security Concerns

Authorities worry about accidental or intentional contamination
Ahmed Rasheed, Aref Mohammed and Stephen Kalin
February 19, 2016