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 Spread of Wahhabism and the West’s Responsibility to the World

Support for dictators, limited education, inequality contributed to the extremism
Karen Armstrong
December 28, 2015

Rethinking North Korean Missile Capabilities

Funding missile defense systems could be a priority for the region
Nah Liang Tuang
December 23, 2015

In Fighting the Islamic State, Obama Is a Tortoise and the GOP is Harebrained

Candidates and media may be failing test on juggling the many US priorities
David Ignatius
December 18, 2015

Saudi Arabia Forms Muslim Anti-Terror Coalition

Analysts warn the new coalition, lacking Shia support, could add to sectarian tensions
Ahmed Al Omran and Asa Fitch
December 16, 2015

Islamic State Oil Is Going to Assad, Some to Turkey, US Official Says

Trade in oil continues among opposing forces
Guy Faulconbridge and Jonathan Saul
December 14, 2015