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.

While the US Looked for Iraqi WMD, North Korea Built Theirs

Bush's early refusal to deal with North Korea makes it harder now to walk Pyongyang back from its weapons program
Jack Pritchard
March 31, 2004

Uzbekistan: A Third Front in the War on Terrorism?

Unless handled with care, it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy
Charles William Maynes
April 5, 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

India and Pakistan Get Ready for Cricket

How the old rivals are finding a way to peace
M.J.Akbar
March 8, 2004

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part I

Taiwan's democratic exercise provokes muscle flexing in Beijing and keeps Western defense industries in business
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
March 12, 2004

UN Inspection in Iraq Was No Sham

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

Putin Withdrawing Russian Forces from Syria

The withdrawal could encourage a peace agreement
Max Fisher
March 15, 2016

Leaked IS Documents Identify Thousands of Jihadis

If true, the report suggests the terrorist group is fumbling and fending off disgruntled ranks
Stuart Ramsay
March 10, 2016

Rising Tide

Tightened borders in the EU create migrant bottleneck in Greece
March 7, 2016

North Korea Sanctions Largely Depend on China’s Implementation

UN member states have a legal responsibility to implement the sanctions
Lee Je-hun
March 3, 2016

The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

Delayed diplomacy contributes to failed state
February 29, 2016