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.

Europe Fears Civil Unrest

Failing to control economic decline, leaders discuss handling citizen anger and possible protests
Peter O'Neil
January 26, 2009

U.S. and Europeans Agree on Sharing of Airline Passenger Data

A trans-Atlantic showdown over privacy rights is averted
Philip Shenon
December 17, 2003

China “Wants Strong Links to US”

In seeking better ties, both nations would undoubtedly propose conditions to the other’s military spending
Michael Bristow
January 22, 2009

As It Wields Power Abroad, U.S. Outsources Law and Order Work

DynCorp Is Asked to Restore Policing, In Iraq Vital to an American Exit; Chief Gillway Goes to Baghdad
Andrew Higgins
February 2, 2004

Gaza Agreement Eludes Arab Leaders

Arab leaders hope to provide support, yet not fund further destabilization of the region
January 21, 2009