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 Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
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President Bush's New Plan to Stop Proliferation

Will his unilateral approach and the budget shortfall make it all bark and no bite?
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February 13, 2004

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Syrians are impatient for jobs, education, stability
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Carter Says Russian Airstrikes in Syria Didn't Target ISIS

Foreign fighters of any type could be pouring gasoline on the fires of civil war in Syria
Richard Sisk
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Obama, Putin Need Steady Nerves and Stout Hearts in Syria

The two sides set up a hotline, but disagree on targets
M.K. Bhadrakumar
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We Should Have Seen This Refugee Crisis Coming

Governments do not harness the power of technology
Rana Novack
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North Korea: Nuclear Bomb Fuel Plants Restarted

Old pattern: North Korea acts up with weapons for attention and aid
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