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Responding to Terrorism After 9/11
Responding to terrorism after 9/11

In previous chapters we have dealt with interstate war and recurring wars between states, both of which involved the policies of sovereign governments toward other sovereign governments. In this chapter we look at a different dynamic—states pitted against transnational nonstate actors. Specifically, we examine how the United States has responded to the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, especially after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Those attacks changed the nature of the way the United States has responded to threats from al-Qaeda and terrorist groups generally. Under the leadership of George W. Bush, the United States launched a so-called Global War on Terror (GWOT) aimed at attacking al-Qaeda and affiliated individuals and organizations around the world. Under ...

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