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Guide to IR 193: Understanding 9-11, Its Causes, Context and Consequences
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Handouts 2002

Handouts, 2002

Physical Description: 27 computer file(s) (PDF)
 

Videorecordings 2002

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1.1 Elliott, Michael and Sofaer, Abraham D., "The Terrorists" 2002 Jan 14

Physical Description: 1 videotape(s) (VHS)

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Who is Osama bin Laden? What is the Al-Qaeda network, and how and why did it form? How do we know who was responsible? What is terrorism? Were the September 11 attacks an act of terrorism or war, both from the perspective of the terrorists and from the perspective of the U.S. government? How does defining the 9-11 attacks as an "act of war" affect how America can and/or should respond?
Discussion: What was the motivation behind the attacks? Does the U.S. have the political, ethical and legal right to kill bin Laden? How has the media affected how we understand the terrorist "network" and bin Laden’s role in it, and how can we evaluate such portrayal? Was 9-11 an act of terrorism or of war?
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1.2 Simons, Jr., Thomas W., Barhoum, Khalil Issa, and Noyes, James H., "US Interests in the Islamic World" 2002 Jan 22

Physical Description: 1 videotape(s) (VHS)

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What is the history of U.S. relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine? How might U.S. involvement in the Israel/Palestine conflict and/or its presence in the Islamic world have provoked the 9-11 attacks? How are America’s relations with these states changing? What are our worst fears? What are America’s new foreign policy objectives? What should they be?
Discussion: How should we evaluate our past policies in this region? Should U.S. policy and interests in this region change? Will there be more interest, and if so, how will that affect US foreign policy decisions? Why do Americans know so little about these conflicts until now?
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1.3 Dalla, Ammad, "Islamic Extremism, and the Beliefs of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban" 2002 Jan 28

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What does Islam have to do with 9-11? How is terrorism related to Islamic extremism? What do the Taliban and Al-Qaeda network stand for and represent? How do their religious beliefs compare to other Islamic beliefs? What is history behind jihad?
Discussion: What is the connection between Al Qaeda terrorist agenda and its interpretation of Islam? How have these attacks affected the Islamic community, and America’s understanding of Islam?
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1.4 Blacker, Coit and Sandalow, Marc, "Emergency Crisis Response: The Decision Making Process in the Weeks following September 11th" 2002 Feb 4

Physical Description: 1 videotape(s) (VHS)

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How does America’s crisis response system operate? What is the role of the National Security Council? State Department? CIA? Pentagon? Who made decisions on how to respond to 9-11? What factors influenced their decisions? What alternatives were discussed?
Discussion: What should be the goals of a response? What considerations do decision-makers face? How do we evaluate their final decisions, both from the vantage of the decision-makers, and from our own vantage point (with the benefit of hindsight but the disadvantage of incomplete information)? What is the "propaganda war"?
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1.5 Naimark, Norman, Sherwood-Randall, Elizabeth, and Miller, H. Lyman, "Great Power Relations in a New International System" 2002 Feb 11

Physical Description: 1 videotape(s) (VHS)

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This session provides students who have no theoretical background with a framework for understanding the new developments in international relations, insofar as they relate directly to the aftermath of 9-11. Has 9-11 altered the way that we conceive of the international system? How can "states" fight a terrorist "network"? This session will explain changes in inter-state relations between the great powers and security structures, specifically NATO, EU member countries, Britain, Russia, and China. Can an enduring coalition be built among these players?
Discussion: How can we evaluate these shifts in international relations? How much has actually changed? Is the "coalition against terrorism" enduring or transient? What will the system look like over the next several years?
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1.6 Orr, Robert and White, Terence, "Nation-Building, Interventionism and Democracy: How 9-11 Could Redefine America’s Role in International Affairs" 2002 Feb 19

Physical Description: 1 videotape(s) (VHS)

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What is "nation-building"? In what historical perspective are America’s decisions about nation-building in Afghanistan in a historical perspective (Vietnam, East Timor, etc.) placed? The political, ethical, security and ideological considerations about intervention and nation-building. What stance is America taking with respect to Central Asia and other places that harbor terrorism? What has been the role of international organizations? Does this affect how the U.S. interacts with non-democratic regimes?
Discussion: Is America’s foreign policy changing, and how? How do we now view our role in nation-building and conflict resolution? What is/should be America’s role in Afghanistan? What is the emerging role of United Nations and international non-governmental organizations?
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1.7 Kennedy, David, "Effects on America’s National Character" 2002 Mar 4

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How did 9-11 psychologically affect individual Americans? How do these psychological effects affect American society, economy and culture? How have the new domestic security concerns—heightened security, the anthrax threat, the sudden awakening to our vulnerability—affected how we live our lives? Did it/will it change the American character in the way that Vietnam did, and for how long? What will patriotism mean?