Foreign Affairs Publishes Comprehensive Volume on the War on Terror Essays Cover Roots of September 11 to Ongoing Struggle Around the World

February 4, 2005

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February 4, 2005—Foreign Affairs Books is releasing the most ambitious collection of writings to date about America’s war on terror. In Understanding the War on Terror, editors James F. Hoge Jr. and Gideon Rose trace the debate over the nation’s dominant security challenge from the roots of September 11 to the ongoing struggle in the shadows in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the globe. “After providing instant analysis of 9/11 in How Did This Happen? three years ago, we thought the time had come to offer an update on what has happened since and all that remains to be done,” said Hoge. “We wanted to pull together in one place the best work that has been done on all aspects of the war, so readers could get a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the struggle from people who really know what they’re talking about.”

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The book includes selections from the 9/11 Commission Report, as well as articles from publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, National Interest, the Journal of Democracy, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Topics covered include the rise of al Qaeda, the U.S. response to 9/11, the struggle in Afghanistan and other critical countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the impact of the war in Iraq, and the current state of the conflict—analyzed by an all-star cast of experts (see below for complete list). An introduction by Rose puts the book’s selections in context.

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Foreign Affairs Books are paperback anthologies that frame current debates over crucial foreign policy issues. Understanding the War on Terror is designed both for classroom use in courses on international relations, security studies, and American foreign policy, and as a comprehensive introduction to one of the world’s central contemporary challenges for general readers and specialists alike. Understanding the War on Terror is distributed by W.W. Norton and can be ordered by calling 800-233-4830. Other available titles include: America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics; American Foreign Policy: Cases and Choices; and The Clash of Civilizations? The Debate, which features Samuel Huntington’s seminal essay and responses to it by scholars and policy-makers.

Foreign Affairs also produces customized textbooks, which compile selections of classic and current readings for political science and international relations courses. To order a custom text, call 800-716-0002 or visit ww.foreignaffairs.org/arp for more information.

“The United States is at war, and there is no better introduction to that war—its origins, its perplexities, and its main battles—than this book.”

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--Eliot A. Cohen, director of strategic studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Contributors

Richard K. Betts
Max Boot
Ladan Boroumand
Roya Boroumand
George W. Bush
Grenville Byford
Thomas Carothers
Stephen Cohen
Alan Cullison
Paula J. Dobriansky
Michael Scott Doran
James Fallows
Stephen Flynn
F. Gregory Gause III
Barton Gellman
Reuel Marc Gerecht
John Gershman
Michael Howard
Walter Laqueur
Dafna Linzer
Michael O’Hanlon
Paul Pillar
Gideon Rose
Kenneth Roth
Jessica Stern
Ruth Wedgwood
Fareed Zakaria

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.

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