9/11 Impact

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Counterterrorism and Homeland Security: Does the United States Have the Right Strategy? (Audio)

Speakers: Henry A. Crumpton, John F. Lehman, and Frances Fragos Townsend
Presider: Thom Shanker

Experts examine the strategic and tactical policies of the United States in regards to homeland security.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.

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Assessing the Threat: Is the United States Still Vulnerable? (Audio)

Speakers: Richard A. Falkenrath, John E. McLaughlin, and Juan Carlos Zarate
Presider: Gideon Rose

Experts discuss how changes to U.S. domestic and international policy since September 11, 2011 have enhanced counterterrorism approaches and contributed to preventing planned terrorist attacks.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.

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Assessing the Threat: Is the United States Still Vulnerable?

Speakers: Richard A. Falkenrath, John E. McLaughlin, and Juan Carlos Zarate
Presider: Gideon Rose

Experts discuss how changes to U.S. domestic and international policy since September 11, 2011 have enhanced counterterrorism approaches and contributed to preventing planned terrorist attacks.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.

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A Conversation with Philip Zelikow (Audio)

Speaker: Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Garrick Utley

Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission Report, explores the findings of the report and presses the need to hold trials for the 9/11 conspirators.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.

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A Conversation with Philip Zelikow

Speaker: Philip D. Zelikow
Introductory Speaker: Richard N. Haass
Presider: Garrick Utley

Philip Zelikow, former executive director of the 9/11 Commission Report, presses the need to hold trials for the 9/11 conspirators and explores the findings of the report.

This session was part of a CFR symposium, 9/11: Ten Years Later, which was made possible by the generous support of Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis.

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Unilaterally Assured Destruction

Authors: Barry Pavel and Matthew H. Kroenig
Foreign Policy

Barry Pavel and Matthew Kroenig argue that while a deterrence approach holds great potential for helping to thwart future al Qaeda attacks, it remains a poorly understood and underutilized element of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.

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9/11 Perspectives: The Balance of Power in American Politics

Speaker: James M. Lindsay

This video is part of a special Council on Foreign Relations series that explores how 9/11 changed international relations and U.S. foreign policy. In this video, James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations traces the shifts in the balance of power in American politics following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "What we witnessed in the months after the attack was a political dynamic as old as the American republic. When the country feels imperiled, the White House gains in power and Congress loses it," says Lindsay. However, ten years after the attacks, "the era of terrorism has given way to the era of fiscal austerity," Lindsay argues, and "we now have American politics that looks more normal, that is much more focused inward, and features much more heated battles between Capitol Hill and the White House."

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9/11 Perspectives: U.S. Disaster Preparedness

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the lasting impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed on disaster preparedness and health policy in the United States. Garrett argues that "all our readiness response depends on well-funded police, well-funded fire departments, well-funded hospitals, well-funded public health infrastructures, and precisely the opposite is where we are going right now." Garrett cautions that U.S. preparedness for a major terrorist attack may be decreasing. "As budgets are being cut at the federal level, the state level, and the local level, we're actually less ready than we were in 2001," Garrett says.

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