9/11: A Decade Ago and a Decade To Be

Date:  Sunday September 11, 2011
Speaker:  Wayne McCormack

 Professor Wayne McCormack joined the faculty at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1978 after positions at the University of Georgia and Georgetown University. From 1997-2002 he coordinated the University of Utah\’s involvement with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and that experience led to security planning for major events and interest in international legal issues. He is the author of several books, including two on the law related to terrorism, and numerous articles in the fields of international and constitutional law.

As the world notes the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we can be respectful but wary at the same time. Ten years ago, the U.S. declared “war on terrorism.” As a flourish for domestic motivation, the phrase harkened back to the “war on crime,” “war on drugs,” and “war on poverty.” As a guide to policy decisions and for communication with the larger world, it proved to be very problematic. The Obama Administration promised overhaul of policy regarding terrorism but has done little to moderate the effects of the prior administration and has even escalated some levels of violence. The struggle with cultural fundamentalism raises a number of questions: Where does the American public want to be in another 10 years and how might that vision be accomplished? Is there a role for religion in building a more peaceful global community? How will the global economic crisis factor into U.S. policy for addressing violence?”

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources

General Readings on Terrorism:

  • BRUCE HOFFMAN, INSIDE TERRORISM (1998).
  • PHILLIP B. HEYMANN, TERRORISM AND AMERICA (1998)
  • FATHALI M. MOGHADDAM & ANTHONY J. MARSELLA (EDS.), UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM (2004).
  • CALEB CARR, THE LESSONS OF TERROR (2002).
  • MARC SAGEMAN, UNDERSTANDING TERROR NETWORKS (2004)
  • LOUISE RICHARDSON, WHAT TERRORISTS WANT (2006)
  • JAMES CARAFANO & PAUL ROSENZWEIG, WINNING THE LONG WAR (2005)

Books Particular to al Qaeda:

  • ROHAN GUNARATNA, INSIDE AL QAEDA (2002).
  • JOHN COOLEY, UNHOLY WARS (2002).

Religion and Cultural Clashes:

  • MARY HABECK, KNOWING THE ENEMY (2006)
  • JESSICA STERN, TERROR IN THE NAME OF GOD (2003)
  • KAREN ARMSTRONG, THE BATTLE FOR GOD (2000)
  • ABDULLAHI AN-NAIM, ISLAM AND THE SECULAR STATE (2008)
  • SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS (1996)
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