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.

Diplomats Put on Backlash Alert

Though the white powder found at the Indonesian embassy in Australia may actually be harmless, a security threat remains
Cynthia Banham
June 2, 2005

Six-Party Standstill

Talk brings no action on eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons
December 18, 2008

Khan, Scapegoat or Magician Extraordinary?

Khan should not take the blame for a national problem
Ayaz Amir
February 5, 2004

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