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Understanding September 11th

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If you're bewildered by anthrax, Afghanistan, and everything else that’s happened since September 11, you will want to visit this site created by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Markle Foundation. They answer important questions in a useful question-and-answer format.

The NSA archive, hosted by George Washington University, collects declassified documents (including ones on counterterrorism) that can enrich current policy debate.


The leading foreign affairs publication has assembled a collection of previously published articles, helping to make sense of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The Atlantic Monthly features articles, written between the 1950s and the 1980s, that provide unique perspective on a nation in conflict.

The September 11th file brings together the New Yorker's insightful coverage of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

Based out of Stanford's Hoover Institution, the Hoover Digest reflects on the terrorist attacks and the U.S. response. The Digest includes comments from former Secretary of State and Hoover fellow George P. Shultz.

The Endowment, which promotes cooperation between nations and active U.S. engagement in international affairs, features publications by important foreign policy experts. Users will find free articles on fighting terrorism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Paul Kennedy, Yale Professor and author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, discusses the foreign policy implications of the Middle East conflict.


This site archives transcripts of recent speeches by American, European and Asian government officials. Users will be impressed by the comprehensive coverage.


Professor John Lewis Gaddis, a renowned historian of the Cold War period, is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University and a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

On September 11th

The editors of Foreign Affairs, James Hoge, Jr. and Gideon Rose, have assembled over twenty leading experts to provide a richly textured answer to the question: "How Did This Happen?"

How can terrorism be contained and ultimately defeated? Eight scholars offer their perspectives in a volume edited by Strobe Talbot and Nayan Chanda, both based at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

On Homeland Security

The government agency - the U.S. National Commission on National Security / 21st Century - has sponsored three important reports examining U.S. national security policies and processes. Reports can be read online.

On Islam and the Middle East

These three works by Bernard Lewis (Princeton University) lay the historical foundation necessary for understanding the contemporary Middle East.

Fouad Ajami, an important commentator on the Middle East, revisits Arab intellectuals and the battles they waged to secularize and modernize their nations.

Ahmed Rashid's recent publication (Yale University Press) presents perhaps the most complete account of the rise of the Taliban and the politics of Central Asian Republics.

On Terrorism

This newly-published work by Peter Bergen, CNN's terrorism expert, offers what many are now calling the definitive account of Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda Network.

How can religion give rise to terrorism? Mark Juergensmeyer answers this troubling question largely by interviewing terrorists fighting for different causes worldwide.

Three New York Times journalists reveal in disturbing detail why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming America's worst national nightmare.

Paul Pillar, the former deputy chief of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, provides a nuanced account of U.S. counterterrorism policy and the difficult decisions that lie ahead.

On the Post-Cold War World

Consumerist capitalism v. religious and tribal fundamentalism. According to Benjamin Barber (Rutgers University), this emerging conflict now poses the greatest threat to democracy.

John Lewis Gaddis teases out how the language and metaphors (and ultimately our understanding) of geopolitics are changing as we enter the 21st century.

Samuel Huntington presciently claimed in his 1996 work that culture - and particularly religion - will replace ideology as the driving force behind geopolitical conflict. Readers should also see Robert Kaplan's recent appraisal of Huntington's work,

For some, the end of the Cold War marked the victory of democracy. For Robert Kaplan, it marked the beginning of a new period of unsettling global chaos.

Special Selections

After September 11th, which course should the U.S. take? Which principles should guide the country? What role can citizens play in shaping national policy? Five Stanford University scholars provide perspective on the national tragedy and explore scenarios for the future.

to view lecture series.

This program represents Yale University's effort to foster wide-ranging conversation, debate, and reflection about the events of September 11th.

Lectures include:

- Gary Hart

- Michael Rubin

- Donald Kagan

- Fareed Zakaria

- Paul Kennedy & Charles Hill

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