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.

Nuclear Pact Launches India Into Uncharted Waters

The historic nuclear deal with the US could have an unpredictable and serious outcome
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
March 7, 2006

American Ports in a Storm

Columnist Thomas L. Friedman calls American objection to the Dubai port deal “shameful”
Thomas L. Friedman
February 23, 2006

Keeping North Korea from the Brink – Part I

US must recognize the limits of Beijing’s ability - and willingness - to pressure Pyongyang beyond a point
Peter Beck
February 14, 2006

An Interview with Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman talks about the next edition and updates to his bestselling book, "The World Is Flat."
February 23, 2006

Stopping the Iranian Bomb – Part I

Diplomacy may be difficult but the best course for the moment
Gary Samore
January 24, 2006

Despite TV Appearances, Al Qaeda Is Not Winning the War

Al Qaeda fails to win hearts and minds of Muslims, but the US should change its strategy
Fawaz A. Gerges
January 31, 2006

Abe to Seek Cuba’s Help Over North Korea and Boost Trade

Cuba would gain global stature by convincing North Korea that nuclear weapons are not a good idea
Ayako Mie
September 21, 2016

North-South Divide in Nigeria Is Hiding a Humanitarian Crisis

The country has more than 2 million people internally displaced
Emmanuel Akinwotu
September 21, 2016

Even Peace May Not Save Syria

With failing borders and hundreds of warring factions, Syria may be finished as a unified state
Robin Wright
September 20, 2016

Brexit Vote Revives Dream of EU Army

EU members must decide whether to contribute separate forces or fund a united force
Jonathan Marcus
September 9, 2016

North Korean Missile Launches: Adding Up to Something Very Troubling

North Korea taunts China and global leaders attending G20 summit
Anna Fifield
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