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.

North Korean Nuclear Agreement: Back to the Future?

The Six-Party deal returns essentially to a past agreement with new promises for the future
Shim Jae Hoon
February 15, 2007

Future of the World Court in Balance

By backing away from Sudan’s defiance and atrocities, the international community could strip the world court of its power
Nick Grono
March 7, 2007

Iran-Saudi Arabian Embrace: A New Beginning?

History shows that when interests coincide, rivals tend to cooperate
Dilip Hiro
March 9, 2007

Pakistan: The Eye of a Coming Storm?

Torn between pleasing the US and maintaining dominance over Afghanistan, Musharraf's wavering gives Al Qaeda a free hand
Paula R. Newberg
February 28, 2007

United States to North Korea: We Now Have a Pre-Condition

US demands that North Korea dismantle its newly revealed weapons program before any talk
James A. Kelly
December 12, 2002

The War on Terror in Southeast Asia Could Hurt Civil Liberties

The war on terror is expanding in Southeast Asia, but the cost to civil liberties may be rising, too
Sidney Jones
December 6, 2002

Historic Chance for Myanmar Peace Probably Scuttled

Rakhine has “the hallmarks of recent past tragedies – Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, Kosovo”
Michele Penna
January 9, 2017

To Confront North Korea, Talk First and Get Tough Later

ICBM program under development is lower priority than preserving the Kim regime
William J. Perry
January 9, 2017

The Hopes for Peace and Palestinian Statehood Fade Away

Israel counts on the United States to shield it from criticism
January 6, 2017

Algorithms Are Making US Small-Minded

Computer programs try to please but put users on narrow paths
Sydney Finkelstein
January 3, 2017

A New Tool to Fight Genocide

Banking regulations could be tweaked to save dollars and lives
John Prendergast and Brad Brooks-Rubin
December 29, 2016