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.

Crisis at the US Border

Susan Froetschel
July 3, 2019

Energy and the Military: Leading by Example

Constantine Samaras, Morgan D. Bazilian and William J. Nuttall
May 21, 2019

India's Defense Policy Challenge

Harsh V Pant and Pushan Das
May 9, 2019

Unblocking the North Korea Nuclear Impasse

Bennett Ramberg
April 30, 2019

After the Mueller Report

Louis René Beres
April 11, 2019

Ukraine Testimony: National Review

Jim Geraghty
October 29, 2019

Invading Vietnam’s Waters: Times of India

Nayan Chanda
October 28, 2019

Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey: New York Times

Michael Crowley and Lara Jakes
October 24, 2019

Timeline of Trump’s Ukraine Scandal: Kyiv Post

The Trump administration withholding military aid for Ukraine is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry that began September 24. A telephone call and testimony to three committees of the House of Representatives suggest that Donald Trump directed his private attorney and government staff to undermine multiple US investigations finding that Russia was behind a campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The US president also wanted Ukraine to target Joe Biden, a candidate for the 2020 presidential election, and his son for an investigation into corruption connected to the gas company Burisma. Oleksiy Sorokin has prepared a timeline on the scandal that demonstrates how foreign interests take advantage of polarization in another country. "What often made this scandal complicated is the fact that it has arisen from an intersection of domestic political agendas of the U.S. and Ukraine,” he writes. “While the Americans wanted to use Ukraine to get ahead of their opponents, Ukrainian actors cooperated because they wanted to curry support from a powerful ally of their country in order to strengthen their positions in Ukraine.” Secrecy in foreign policy is justified for national security purposes, but not for players seeking personal gain. – YaleGlobal
Oleksiy Sorokin.
October 19, 2019