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.

Freed Guantánamo Prisoners Taunt US as Closure Plan Falls Apart

Doubt and fear prevent quick closure of controversial prison
Tim Reid
February 10, 2009

AQ Khan Issue Settled: Jamali

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lauded by his supporters for not letting in inspectors
February 9, 2004

At Least 7 Nations Tied To Pakistani Nuclear Ring

Dr. Khan's nuclear smuggling network comes to light
Peter Slevin
February 7, 2004

Giving Pakistan a Pass

With allies like Pakistan, who needs enemies?
February 6, 2004

Bush Seeks New Push to Curb N-Weapons

Keeping the lid on nuclear enrichment
Edward Alden
February 12, 2004