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.

The Revolt of a Disappointed Generation

Anger and anarchy spread from the birthplace of democracy
Manfred Ertel
December 18, 2008

Gauging Sri Lanka's Inroads in Battle Against Tigers

Military tactics do not eliminate political desires
Anuj Chopra
January 9, 2009

The Struggle for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia

Such zones are practical and tangible steps toward a nuclear-free world
Togzhan Kassenova
January 8, 2009

Foreign Envoys Gather in Middle East

Calls for a ceasefire are loud and numerous
Ulrike Putz
January 6, 2009

Gaza 2009 – To Win, All Israel Has to Do Is Survive

The international community is at a loss over how to end the stubborn hatred that drives the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Bradley Burston
January 2, 2009