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.

End Game in Sri Lanka

Global factors bring long civil war to a close, but only reconciliation can end an extremist ideology
Harsh V. Pant
February 23, 2009

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
Tamara Cofman Wittes
March 6, 2009

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 2009

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009

Lessons from an Unpunished Crime in Pakistan

The US says in effect: It's OK to proliferate if you are an ally in the War on Terror
Michael Krepon
February 9, 2004

Growing Vulnerability of Seaports from Terror Attacks

How to protect ports while allowing global flow of trade is a new challenge
Michael Richardson
March 5, 2004

The Agency

Paid internet trolls target journalists and communities with highly coordinated fake disaster reports
Adrian Chen
June 5, 2015

What It’s Like to Be a Somali Refugee in Kenya

Neighboring states wonder how extremist groups expand, yet fear and resist refugees
Samira Shackle
May 29, 2015

China to Expand Naval Operations Amid Growing Tensions With US

The white paper responds to the US pivot to Asia and other challenges
Chun Han Wong
May 27, 2015

The ISIS March Continues: From Ramadi on to Baghdad?

The US and Iraq quarrel over use of Iranian-backed militias
Hassan Hassan
May 20, 2015

The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad

Saudi wealth spreads fundamentalist ideology
Carol E. B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy
May 14, 2015