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.

America’s China Worries – Part I

The Chinese anti-satellite weapon test is a challenge, but the US would be better off not overreacting
Joan Johnson-Freese
February 6, 2007

Diplomacy as Afterthought Wins US Few Mideast Converts

While pro-American Arab leaders are paralyzed by Iraq violence, Israel-Palestine interlocutors are lame ducks
Fawaz A. Gerges
January 23, 2007

Military Temptations

Writing in India's respected newspaper the Hindu, one of its leading writer Malini Parthasarathy warns against copycat moves by other countries fighting "terrorism" in the belief that strong military action will solve their problems. Such policy may cost the US little, she says, but it will devastate South Asia.
Nayan Chanda
December 5, 2001

Legacy of a Terrorist

Even after capture, a terrorist can rely on global networks to inspire others
William O'Malley
January 16, 2007

Iraq War Fuels Global Jihad

US intervention infuriates even mainstream Muslims, giving Al Qaeda and other jihadists a boost
Fawaz A. Gerges
December 21, 2006

Washington’s Iraq Dilemma: Dialogue with Syria Could Serve Bigger Purpose

The US could use interests of the Bashar regime to deliver change throughout the broader Middle East
Matthew Lee
December 14, 2006

Chaos Theory of Donald Trump: Sowing Confusion Through Tweets

US officials and global leaders must study the patterns to determine their own responses to crises
John Wagner and Abby Phillip
December 27, 2016

UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements

US abstention isolates Israel and Netanyahu
Barak Ravid
December 26, 2016

Crackdown in Turkey Threatens a Haven of Gender Equality Built by the Kurds

The West does not view the Kurds as terrorists
Rod Nordland
December 26, 2016

Erdogan: “No Doubt” Russian Envoy's Killer Linked to Gulen

Turkey’s president is on edge
December 21, 2016

Takeaways on China's Theft of a US Drone in Philippine Waters in the South China Sea

China snatched underwater research drone and returned five days later
Ankit Panda
December 21, 2016