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Weakened leader. The United States’ response to 9/11 sparked a crisis in global authority that has transformed the world. The rise of the liberal world order is no longer inexorable—and the U.S. position is weaker than ever, Alia Brahimi writes.


Forgotten terror. After the attacks on the twin towers, a new type of biological anxiety gripped the United States. The coronavirus pandemic shows how the fear is still spreading, FP’s Laurie Garrett writes.


Golden opportunity. Over a decade after his death, Osama bin Laden remains key to the global jihadi movement. With the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, al Qaeda has a new opportunity to mobilize young recruits to carry on his legacy, Colin P. Clarke and David Newman write.


Enormous costs. Two decades after 9/11, the United States is no longer the superpower it once was. Worse, its mistakes have taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win, FP’s Michael Hirsh writes.


Cutting losses. Instead of making a clear-eyed assessment of the war in Afghanistan, Washington focused on what it had already lost. It should have ignored the sunk costs and maintained a light military footprint, Leo Blanken and Stephen Rodriguez write.

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