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

Gaza Explosions Reverberate in Europe

Devastation in Gaza reignites passion in Europe about Israel, Palestine and Muslim integration in the continent
Shada Islam
January 23, 2009

Obama Administration to Allow Sales of Armed Drones to Allies

Sales to be made on case-by-case basis to allies who pledge not to use on civilians
Missy Ryan
February 26, 2015

Norway Muslims Encircle Synagogue to Support Jews

Most of the world expresses gratitude and cheers tolerance
Kjetil Malkenes Hovland
February 25, 2015

Foreign Recruits Are Islamic State’s Cannon Fodder

IS shows little trust of recruits and few are expected to survive
Eli Lake
February 24, 2015

What ISIS Really Wants

Religious fundamentalists want caliphate, return to the 7th century, apocalypse
Graeme Wood
February 23, 2015

China Expands Island Construction in Disputed South China Sea

One reef is three times closer to the Philippines than it is to China
Jeremy Page and Julian E. Barnes
February 20, 2015