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.

Iraq Prisoner Abuse Draws Global Media Outrage

World decries abominable American treatment of Iraqi prisoners
May 5, 2004

New Prison Images Emerge

Graphic Photos May Be More Evidence of Abuse
New Prison Images Emerge
May 6, 2004

Business as Usual

Despite worldwide condemnation of torture, the Iraqi Governing Council has been virtually silent
Nermeen Al-Mufti
May 7, 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

When US Aided Insurgents, Did It Breed Future Terrorists?

Scholar says Africa's experience with terrorism is "an illuminating vantage point" for the rest of the world
Hugh Eakin
April 10, 2004