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.

Bush Seeks New Push to Curb N-Weapons

Keeping the lid on nuclear enrichment
Edward Alden
February 12, 2004

Not Everyone Got It Wrong on Iraq's Weapons

Scott Ritter, for one, was not.
Scott Ritter
February 5, 2004

If We Go, Let's Stay Until Job Is Done

Haiti deserves a long-term commitment from the US
Joseph L. Galloway
February 25, 2004

A Year After Iraq War: Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists

Nine-country survey reveals gaps in views of war on terror and Iraq war
March 16, 2004

Keep the Ban on Arms for China

Eliminating the ban would dramatically enhance China's rapidly developing military
Roger Cliff
March 22, 2004