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.

UN Inspection in Iraq Was No Sham

The UN success holds valuable lessons for stopping proliferation
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
March 26, 2004

Is a Nuclear Deal with North Korea Feasible?

Kim Jong Il rattles the saber to get the most out of a new US administration
Peter M. Beck
February 27, 2009

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

Anti-Piracy Patrols Presage Rising Naval Powers

An enduring legacy of Somali piracy could be new navies on the high seas
Brian Wilson
January 13, 2009

The Dilemma of Dealing With Terror Central

Could the war on terror intersect with an India-Pakistan war?
Ramesh Thakur
January 19, 2009

A Tipping Point for Japan’s Foreign Policy

Islamic State extremist beheads respected Japanese journalist
David Pilling
February 2, 2015

How US Policy Responses Are Helping, Hurting and Can Be Improved

Programs to curb drug trafficking in Latin America are effective, but institutional reforms are needed, too
Cristina Eguizábal, Karise M. Curtis, Matthew C. Ingram, Aaron Korthuis, Eric L. Olson and Nicholas Phillips
January 30, 2015

As Yemen’s Government Falls, So May a US Strategy for Fighting Terror

Sunni-Shia divide makes Yemen a fragile partner in war on extremism
Mark Thompson
January 22, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Attack Spurs EU Anti-Terror Projects

To stem extremism, EU focuses on security and language programs with Arab partners
January 20, 2015

Terror Attacks Cannot Save Islam's “Honor”

Terror is not an act of courage or faith
Husain Haqqani
January 13, 2015