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.

UN Inspection in Iraq Was No Sham

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

Why Iran Seeks Nuclear Weapons

Mere talk of nuclear weapons serves as a shield for Tehran
Arch Roberts Jr.
January 8, 2009

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

A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working

But news sites are not on board with encryption
Andy Greenberg
April 21, 2016

Refugees and the “Globalization of Indifference”

Globalization of awareness and concern may entail tackling root causes of tragedy before it begins
Uri Friedman
April 20, 2016

Everyone Says the Libya Intervention Was a Failure: They’re Wrong

Some interventions must proceed even when chances are slim that stability will follow
Shadi Hamid
April 15, 2016

Out of Africa

Climate change adds to desertification, migration, conflicts and extremism
Thomas L. Friedman
April 14, 2016

After Chibok, Another Kidnapping Met With Silence

More than 2 million people have been displaced
Aminu Abubakar and Robyn Dixon
April 13, 2016