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The United States vs Al Qaeda: Who’s winning?

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Stephen Walt Who won the war between the United States and Al Qaeda?  Which side is … Continue reading >

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Ten years after 9/11: the return of US diplomacy

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Nicholas Burns America’s 9/11 commemoration reminds us what an unusual decade it has been for the … Continue reading >

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9/11: Not just About Us

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Graham Allison Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs The 10th anniversary of the September … Continue reading >

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Counting the costs of the response to 9/11

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By David E. Sanger Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times; Senior Fellow, National Security and the … Continue reading >

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“Wretched Excesses” among responses to 9/11: Richard Clarke

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. Richard A. Clarke, who was the White House counter-terrorism adviser on Sept. 11, 2001, offers a withering … Continue reading >

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Are we safer 10 years on? Yes, but let’s look forward

The Power Problem: Part of a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Juliette Kayyem Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; former assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security … Continue reading >

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With terrorism, too, politics is local

The Power Problem: Third in a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Monica Duffy Toft Perhaps the most important lesson we can learn from September 11, 2001 is … Continue reading >

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The Economic Fallout from 9/11

The Power Problem: Second in a series of views on lessons learned in the exercise of American power in the decade since 9/11. By Linda J. Bilmes The US response to 9/11 has been a major contributor to America’s current … Continue reading >

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Lessons learned since 9/11: Narratives matter

Was 9/11 a turning point in world history? It is too soon to be tell. After all, the lessons of World War I looked very different in 1939 than they did a mere decade after 1918.

As I argue in The Future of Power, one of the great powers shifts of this century is the increased empowerment of non-state actors, and 9/11 was a dramatic illustration of this long term trend. In 2001 an attack by non-state actors killed more Americans than a government attack did at Pearl Harbor in 1941. But this “privatization of war” was occurring before 9/11 and some American government reports in the 1990s even warned it was coming.

The long-term effect of 9/11 depends on how the United States reacts and the lessons it has learned. In the short term of the past decade, the US has learned to take the new threat seriously and has improved its security procedures and been able to prevent a recurrence of 9/11. All that is to the good.

World Trade Center memorial lights (Photo by John Franco)
World Trade Center memorial lights (Photo by John Franco)

But there is a larger question about terrorism. Continue reading >

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