Newsletter: FP editor’s pick


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SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 | VIEW IN BROWSER
1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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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