The U.S. vs. al Qaeda

A History of the War on Terror

“With Osama bin Laden dead and al Qaeda discredited and on the run, the terrorists clearly did not win. But neither did we,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in the introductory chapter of this new collection of essays. Released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. vs. al Qaeda offers a history of the War on Terror as told through Foreign Affairs’ incisive coverage.

The edition features groundbreaking articles by thinkers such as Princeton University’s Bernard Lewis, Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University, and Afghanistan expert Ahmed Rashid, as well as newer voices, including the Norwegian defense analyst Brynjar Lia and William McCants, an expert on al Qaeda at the Center for Naval Analyses. A documents section supplements the essays with major speeches by President George W. Bush—for instance, his January 2002 State of the Union Address and his September 2002 National Security Strategy, which codified the administration’s new foreign policy—as well as statements by President Barack Obama, private correspondence between Osama bin Laden and his deputies, and pivotal U.S. legislation.

This collection is an indispensable guide for understanding the war on terror and how it has transformed U.S. foreign policy.

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US vs al Qaeda_a history of the war on terror
288 pp.
Publishing date: August 2011
ISBN: 9780876095065