Where are we standing 20 years after September 11?
By Lucinda Creighton
September 11th 2001, will always be remembered as an infamous date in US and global history. Twenty years ago, the world held its breath as the events in New York and Washington unfolded. The terrorist attacks perpetrated by Al-Qaeda that day were the bloodiest ever seen on American soil, launching the US Government's global "war on terror". The country increased the pressure and started military operations against terrorist groups, and states that were sheltering them, and significantly changed its policymaking with regards to national security.As part of this, the US intervened in Afghanistan and launched what became the longest sustained military campaign in US history, ending only with the withdrawal of US troops and an almost instant return to power of the Taliban in August 2021. In this episode, Lucinda Creighton is joined by Martha Crenshaw, a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and a professor of political science by courtesy at Stanford to discuss the legacy of 9/11 and the war on terrorism 20 years later.