The curriculum Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy helps students consider the issues surrounding the 9.11.01 attacks and the U.S. response to terrorism in a constructive context that promotes dialogue about future policy directions.

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Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy


P. Terrence Hopmann
P. Terrence Hopmann
Watson Institute

Melani Cammett
Melani Cammett
Brown University

Charles Tripp
Charles Tripp
University of London

Jack Reed
Jack Reed
U.S. Senate

Sarah Leah Whitson
Sarah Leah Whitson
Human Rights Watch

Thomas Nichols
Thomas Nichols
US Naval War College

Joseph Cirincione
Joseph Cirincione
Center for American Progress

Ricardo Lagos
Ricardo Lagos
Former President of Chile

Introduction: September 11, 2001

Part I: The Origins and Evolution of Terrorism

Can terrorists have legitimate demands? [Thomas Nichols - 2:03]

Modern Terror

Terrorism Becomes More Deadly

Part II: Weighing the Threat of Terrorism Today

Al Qaeda

Why is it important for high school students to learn about Egypt and Tunisia? [Melani Cammett - 1:37]

International Terrorism 

What are the major threats we face from nuclear weapons today? [Joseph Cirincione - 3:07]

How difficult would it be for a terrorist to obtain a nuclear weapon? [Joseph Cirincione - 1:59]

What is deterrence? [Thomas Nichols - 0:57]

Why doesn't deterrence stop terrorists? [P. Terrence Hopmann - 1:10]

What is the likelihood of a terrorist nuclear attack? [Joseph Cirincione - 1:30]

Homegrown Terrorism

Part III: Responding to Terrorism

U.S. Policies Abroad

What is your perspective on the U.S. “War on Terror”? [Ricardo Lagos - 1:13]

What motivated the Bush administration to invade Iraq? [Charles Tripp – 2:15]

What motivated the Bush administration to invade Iraq? [Jack Reed - 2:39]

What have you observed during your visits to Iraq? [Jack Reed - 3:59]

To what extent has the 2003 invasion created opportunities for political change in Iraq? [Charles Tripp - 3:01]

How has the 2003 invasion of Iraq fueled terrorism? [P. Terrence Hopmann - 1:21]

How does U.S. policy influence human rights around the world? [Sarah Leah Whitson - 1:56]

Domestic Security

Balancing Liberty and Security

What are the arguments against the use of torture? [Michael Otterman - 2:41]

How did Iraqis' attitudes towards the U.S. occupation change after the Abu Ghraib scandal? [Michael Otterman - 1:01]

Why has the use of the term "torture" been controversial? [Michael Otterman - 1:09]