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.

An Explosive Relationship

Muslim immigrants and native Europeans are mixing like water and oil
April 5, 2004

Uzbeks' Anger at Rulers Boils Over

Uzbekistan: the problems begin at home
Seth Mydans
April 8, 2004

Malaysia Harbouring Militants?

Thailand accuses neighboring Malaysia of providing refuge to Muslim separatist terrorists
Reme Ahmad
April 7, 2004

Foreign Ministers Meet on North Korea Nukes

South Korea and China prepare for third round of negotiations
Choi Soung-ah
March 29, 2004

India Seethes as US Warms to Pakistan

American focus on anti-terror fight hurts regional peace efforts
Edward Luce
April 1, 2004