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The War on Terror (Foreign Affairs Books)

Editors: , Editor, Foreign Affairs and Peter G. Peterson Chair, and James F. Hoge Jr.

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Price $14.95 hardcover

176 pages
ISBN 0876093160



Introduction by Gideon Rose

“Postmodern Terrorism”—Walter Laqueur

“License to Kill”—Bernard Lewis

“The Sentry's Solitude”—Fouad Ajami

“Somebody Else's Civil War”—Michael Scott Doran

“A Flawed Masterpiece”—Michael E. O'Hanlon

“New Friends, New Fears in Central Asia”—Pauline Jones Luong and Erika Weinthal

“Is Southeast Asia the Second Front?”—John Gershman

“Next Stop Baghdad?”—Kenneth M. Pollack

“Fixing Intelligence”—Richard K. Betts

“America the Vulnerable”—Stephen E. Flynn

“What's In A Name?: How to Fight Terrorism”—Michael Howard

“The Wrong War”—Grenville Byford

“Bush and the World”—Michael Hirsh

With the Cold War won and the economy booming, the United States relaxed during the 1990s, letting go the tension it had sustained for decades. All that changed on September 11, 2001. Suddenly the world rushed in, striking brutally at symbols of the very wealth and power that had underwritten the American publics geopolitical map. The nation awoke to find itself at war. But it was a strange kind of war, one without front lines, fought in the shadows against an elusive enemy, by a country lacking a clear sense of where it would lead or how it would end.

This collection, featuring writings by Bernard Lewis, Michael O’Hanlon, and Richard K. Betts, traces that war from its roots before the September 11, 2001, attacks to its all-encompassing reach afterward. Originally published in Foreign Affairs, the articles gathered here chronicle the full dimensions of the crisis and the Bush administration’s response. They explore the nature of the terrorist threat, describe the motivations of the attackers, and assess the wisdom and efficacy of American actions. Together they bring the reader up to speed, providing a unique basis for informed discussion of what has happened and where to go from here.

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James F. Hoge Jr. is editor of Foreign Affairs.

Gideon Rose is managing editor of Foreign Affairs.

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