Foreign Affairs September/October 2021 Issue Launch: Who Won the War on Terror?
After the attacks on September 11, 2001, pursuing victory in the "war on terror" became the central fixation of American foreign policy. But in the years that followed, a basic question was never answered: What would it mean to "win"?
Please join Foreign Affairs Executive Editor Justin Vogt with authors Daniel Byman and Nelly Lahoud for a discussion about the consequences of 9/11 and the fight against terrorism for the United States and the world, two decades on.
Daniel Byman is a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, where his research focuses on counterterrorism and Middle East security. He previously served as the research director of the center. He is also a professor in the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service's Security Studies Program. Previously, Byman served as a staff member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (“The 9/11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Prior to that, Byman was a policy analyst and the director for research in the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and worked for the U.S. government. His most recent book is “Road Warriors: Foreign Fighters in the Armies of Jihad” (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is the author of several other books on counterterrorism, state sponsorship of terrorism, and conflict and terrorism in the Middle East.
Nelly Lahoud is a senior fellow in New America's International Security program. Dr. Lahoud’s research has focused on the evolution and ideology of al-Qa'ida (AQ) and the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS/ISIL). She has also published on women's role in AQ and ISIS and the use of anashid (a capella) by these two groups in their media output. She has a Ph.D. from the Research School of Social Sciences — Australian National University. She was a postdoctoral scholar at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge — UK; Rockefeller Fellow in Islamic studies at the Library of Congress; and research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. Her previous appointments include being associate professor at the Department of Social Sciences and senior associate at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and assistant professor of political theory, including Islamic political thought, at Goucher College. Lahoud is fluent in Arabic and French.
Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 2011, Justin Vogt was the managing editor of World Policy Journal. Earlier, he worked on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and as an associate producer on documentary films for Frontline. His writing has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_Vogt.