20 Years After 9/11: Lasting Impact and Lessons Learned
Date(s) - 09/09/2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
New York University
The terrorist attacks on 9/11 shook the U.S. and had worldwide reverberations. Now, two decades later, the attacks and responses to them continue to shape popular beliefs about terrorism and foreign and domestic policy. 9/11 served as the catalyst for the “War on Terror” with the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – the former resulting in the longest war fought by the U.S. military and the latter which arguably contributed to the rise of ISIS. We also witnessed the expansion of the drone program and security assistance to counter potential terrorist threats in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The 9/11 attacks provided justification for counterterrorism measures, some of which impinge on privacy and civil liberties. In the U.S., these included the Patriot Act, which expanded government surveillance; the formation of the US Department of Homeland Security; immigration restrictions and increased border security; the creation of countering violent extremism programs; and the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo.
Join scholars as we explore how deeply the events of the last 20 years have influenced foreign and domestic policy, the terrorism landscape, and transnational security. How effective was the response to 9/11? What has been the lasting impact of these measures? Were they worth the cost? What lessons have we learned and where are we now in the so-called “War on Terror”?
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