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 Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
February 23, 2004

President Bush's New Plan to Stop Proliferation

Will his unilateral approach and the budget shortfall make it all bark and no bite?
Joseph Cirincione
February 13, 2004

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

NATO’s Double Standards Make for a Hollow Alliance

The military alliance is only as strong and effective as its weakest links
Alexander Melikishvili
January 26, 2009

Specter of Islamic State Looms Over Pakistan

The extremists are drawn to areas with chaotic governance and religious extremists
Farhan Bokhari
October 30, 2014

India to Modernize Vietnam’s Defense Forces

China rejects others interfering with its claims in the South China Sea
Suhasini Haidar
October 29, 2014

Syrians to Be Trained to Defend Territory, Not Take Ground From Jihadists, Officials Say

US will also recruit from refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan
Rajiv Chandrasekaran
October 24, 2014

Getting Real About China

For global influence, the US and China must focus on their own reforms
Wesley K. Clark
October 20, 2014

Conflicts Disrupt Schooling Across Region

Millions of children without an education and are vulnerable to extremism and poverty
Haytham Nuri
October 15, 2014