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.

Berg's death augurs ill for Arab societies

Unless Arab leaders are galvanized into reform, their societies will be torn asunder
May 12, 2004

Roh Stands by Deployment of Korean Troops in Iraq

Threatened beheading won't sway Seoul's position on Iraq
Seo Hyun-jin
June 22, 2004

U.S. Training African Forces to Uproot Terrorists

Pentagon's lesson from Afghanistan and Iraq: use local forces, American not GIs
Craig S. Smith
May 11, 2004

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