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.

Modern Mercenaries on the Iraqi Frontier

Gun-for-hire gets a new face
James Glanz
April 4, 2004

Human Rights Climate 'Worst in 50 Years'

2003 was a dismal year for human rights, says Amnesty International
Simon Jeffery
May 26, 2004

Back to the Soeharto Years?

Recent erosion of civil liberties in Indonesia is a familiar and frightening development
May 31, 2004

Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam

Islamic extremists preach to conquer their host countries while enjoying the liberties they provide
Patrick E. Tyler
April 26, 2004

Southern Carnage: Kingdom Shaken

Thai authorities fear retaliation by Muslims
April 29, 2004