This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Since then, the Wilson Center has engaged scholars, veterans, practitioners and many more in analyzing the impact of these attacks both domestically and internationally. Pulling together events, essays, and reports over the past 20 years, we aim to create this collection as a memorial and resource.
Events & Insights from 2015–2021
Al Qaeda & ISIS 20 Years After 9/11
Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, the global jihadist movement has more fighters in more countries than ever before.
Evolution of Jihadism 20 Years After 9/11
An interview with Ali Soufan, a former FBI special agent who led investigations into international terrorism cases, including the East Africa embassy bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11.
Future of Al Qaeda, ISIS & Jihadism
An interview with Rita Katz, Executive Director and founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, a non-governmental counterterrorism organization specializing in tracking and analyzing online activity of the global extremist community.
2021: Afghanistan's Year of Reckoning
This joint report on Afghanistan – led by scholars from the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Wilson Centre (WC), and Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations – is a crystallisation of some of the efforts of the three organisations engaged in an India-Russia-U.S. trilateral Track II dialogue for the past couple of years.
A Hard Look at America after 9/11
"Memory must also include a clear-eyed assessment of what we got right and what we got wrong, and the lessons we must learn." Jane Harman reflects on the past 17 years of U.S. foreign policy and security decisions as well as how diplomacy could have looked in the post-9/11 era.
The Lessons of Post-9/11 Border Management
Although the initial response to acts of terrorism often focuses on the perceived vulnerability of border crossings, recent advances in border management technology and policies can mitigate threats while allowing a relatively free flow of people, goods, and capital.
Jihadism: A Generation After 9/11
Nineteen years after 9/11, al Qaeda and ISIS had limited means to strike the West. Both movements were deeply embroiled in the insurgencies and civil wars across the Middle East and North Africa.
Book Talk: Beyond 9/11 Homeland Security for the Twenty-First Century
The 19th Hijacker: A Novel of 9/11
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by bestselling author and global fellow James Reston, Jr. He discusses his latest book, "The 19th Hijacker: A Novel."
Book Launch: The 19th Hijacker
Wilson Center NOW host and managing editor John Milewski moderates a conversation with author James Reston and Professor Akbar Ahmed about this timely and riveting novel.
Events & Insights from 2010–2014
In a Post 9-11, Post-Snowden World, How Have We Changed?
Since 9/11 Americans have had to reexamine their tolerance for intelligence gathering as it relates to national security, particularly in the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The evolving relationship between security and liberty is explored by a panel of experts in this edition of REWIND.
Border Security Challenges After 9/11: A Conversation With Three Commissioners of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Commissioner Alan Bersin of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) joins former commissioners Robert Bonner and Ralph Basham in a discussion of border security since 9/11. This roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, examined how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation’s homeland have evolved over the last decade.
Civil Liberties in America After 9/11
Many security experts believe that the question most relevant to the possibility of a “cyber 9/11” attack is not “if” but “when.” What do we need to do to fortify our digital infrastructure against such a worst case scenario? And what are the implications for civil liberties when privacy is already a threatened concept in the virtual world of cyber space? We spoke with Anthony Romero, who became Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union just days before 9/11, to gain his perspective on these and other tough questions.
U.S. Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate Over Comprehensive Immigration Reform
In a new MPI report, Marc Rosenblum examines the political landscape that emerged after 9/11, detailing legislative actions that resulted in new enforcement mandates and failed efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
The National Conversation--9/11: The Next Ten Years
Top experts from Congress, the intelligence community, the media and academia joined together in an event moderated by the Washington Post's David Ignatius to examine how the threat is changing and how homeland security, military, and intelligence strategies should evolve to deal with it.
Events & Insights from 2001–2009
9/11 and the Future
In a compelling look at the future, the 9/11 Commission's leaders—Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton—go to the heart and spirit of the Commission's 41 recommendations in a highly personalized and candid interview on dialogue.
Afghanistan: Five Years After 9/11
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Live Webcast | Five Years After 9/11: Terrorism Trends and Implications
with Bruce Hoffman, Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, author of Inside Terrorism (revised and expanded edition
The Muslim World after 9/11
with Angel Rabasa, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Five Years After 9/11
Five years after 9/11, former Congressman and 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton looks at what has and has not changed for the United States.
Al Qaeda at 2.0: The Terrorist Organization After 9/11
with Peter Bergen, CNN Terrorism Analyst and author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden
Post 9/11 Budget Priorities Debate: "An Exciting Game Without Rules"
Hindsight Up Front: LESSONS & IMPLICATIONS OF WITHDRAWING FROM AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s future is more uncertain than ever. Implications of the U.S. withdrawal cannot be ignored. The Wilson Center will keep you informed about the future of Afghanistan, its people, the region, and why it matters.EXPLORE