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.

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While no silver bullet, dialogue could help expose Iran’s weaknesses
George Perkovich
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Will Guns Fall Silent in South Asia?

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Paula R. Newberg
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Pyongyang: Let’s Talk, But Change the Subject

Nuclear North Korea returns to the negotiating table in the hope of consolidating its gain through bipartite talks with the US
Nayan Chanda
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Viewed From Chinese Border, North Korea Is More Curiosity Than Threat

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North Korea’s Nuclear Gamble

The nuclear test challenges South Korea and Japan and shakes the US-dominated Asian security
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China Gets Tough With North Korea

By siding with the US in sanctioning North Korea, China improves relations with Japan and consolidates its regional power
Susan L. Shirk
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The attacks fuel hard-right policies
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Global audiences can follow the accounts of a family or child, but can't provide protection
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The war is not over and fighters will continue to oppose the Syrian regime
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Comment by the US president-elect on longstanding policy could increase pressures for Taiwan
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The US confronts many complex threats that require analysis by intelligence officials
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