Age of Terror: Yale Scholars Publish Book on Implications of September 11

Six Yale University scholars joined by two other leading scholars in international relations, security and science analyze the implications of September 11 in America and beyond in their book, “The Age of Terror: America and the World After September 11,” scheduled for release on January 2, 2002.

Edited by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, now the director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Globalization, and Nayan Chanda, the Center’s director of publications, the book’s essay topics range from security to medical issues.

“In the wake of tragedy and in the face of danger, it was inspiring to see how Yale students and faculty applied themselves to questions that will demand answers in the years ahead: how and why did this happen? What does it mean for our own lives, for our country and our world?” said Talbott. “This book captures the spirit of how the university rose to the intellectual challenge of September 11.”

The authors and subjects included in “The Age of Terror” are:

* Abbas Amanat writes about Islamic resurgence-from defiance to violence. Amanat teaches the history of the modern Middle East at Yale and chairs the Council on Middle East Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.
* Paul Bracken addresses the need to think anew about what constitutes security and how to ensure it. Bracken is professor of management and political science at Yale University, specializing in international security and business issues.
* Niall Ferguson, professor of political and financial history at the University of Oxford, explores the economic side of America’s resolve to fight terrorism in light of its status as sole superpower.
* John Lewis Gaddis writes about the need for a grand new strategy now that the world has seen what comes after the Cold War. Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
* Charles Hill, Distinguished Fellow, Yale International Security Studies, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Diplomacy at Baylor University, explores the complex political and cultural origins of the Middle East conflict and the challenges posed to any diplomatic resolution.
* Paul Kennedy presents the historical precedents and implications of these events for the world’s only remaining superpower. Kennedy is the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University.
* Harold Hongju Koh discusses the larger danger to which democracy, civil society, human rights and the rule of law will fall victim in the campaign against terrorism. Koh is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and a former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
* Maxine Singer, president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, former member of the Yale Corporation and Scientist Emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, writes about the organizational and technical challenges to science and medicine in providing prompt and useful strategies for responses to the threats.

September 11, 2001 gave little indication that it would be unlike any other day in U.S. history. That morning marked the beginning of a new era - an age of terror - in which counter-terrorism became one of the highest priorities of national government and international institutions.

Containing terrorism in the short-term and ultimately defeating it will not be an easy task, as the essays in “The Age of Terror” make clear. As America and the international community work to recover, guidance and insight from esteemed scholars will be an invaluable resource in reshaping the world.

America and the World After September 11
Edited by Strobe Talbott and Nayan Chanda
Published by Basic Books in conjunction with the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
Distributed by HarperCollins
Publication date: January 2, 2002
Hardcover/$22.00/224 pages
ISBN: 0-465-08356-0

For more information about this book, please contact:
Angela M. Baggetta, 212-207-7822,
Jamie Brickhouse, 212-207-7653,

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