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.

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

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

Behind Global Crackdown on NGOs, Recognition of Their Power

More than 90 countries threaten some civic freedoms
Peter Ford
May 2, 2016

What You Need to Know About Growing Extremist Violence in Bangladesh

The government fears antagonizing religious parties
Nikhil Kumar and Rishi Iyengar
April 29, 2016

South China Sea: The Fight China Will Take to the Brink of War

The US, Australia and others urge negotiations and peaceful settlement
Peter Hartcher
April 28, 2016

Islamic State Has Erased the Line Between Foreign and Domestic Policy

The West must be consistent with its core values and principles to defeat the Islamic State
Nader Mousavizadeh
April 25, 2016

The Need to Face Facts in Asia

The US and its allies may have to prepare for a new order for Asia
Hugh White
April 22, 2016