To say the world changed on September 11, 2001, is both a tired cliché and an absolute truth. On this momentous anniversary, we revisit stories from the pages of our magazine and talk with five of our most distinguished writers: Mark Bowden, James Fallows, Robert D. Kaplan, William Langewiesche, and Amy Waldman. National correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg frames the discussion with his essay “What Is 9/11?” and a range of writers offer perspectives on events since then.
The Man Who Runs Al-Qaeda Reuters

The Man Who Runs Al-Qaeda

Recovered documents portray Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's replacement, as diligent and more involved than we might have thought

Janet Napolitano on Lone-Wolf Islamist Terrorism Wikimedia Commons

Janet Napolitano on Lone-Wolf Islamist Terrorism

Homeland Security has no plans to scale back some of the security measures put into place after 9/11

Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to the September 11 Hijackers Reuters

Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to the September 11 Hijackers

In the timeline of the hijackers' movements in the months before the attacks, New Mexico-born Awlaki and his followers seem to turn up nearly every step of the way

The Power of TV: From The Kennedy Assassination to 9/11 YouTube

The Power of TV: From The Kennedy Assassination to 9/11

Television ably conveyed the two biggest breaking-news stories in recent memory. Could Twitter withstand news of that size?

Justice in a Time of Terror: Be Not Afraid Reuters

Justice in a Time of Terror: Be Not Afraid

The people who attacked America on 9/11 were suicidal and soulless, but they were still human. Ten years later, we should no longer fear them or deny them their rights as criminals.

NASA's Great Zoom Out: Twin Towers to Planet Earth

NASA's Great Zoom Out: Twin Towers to Planet Earth

In April of 2001, scientists and animators at the Goddard Space Flight Center drew on data from numerous spacecraft to create this continuous super zoom that begins with the Twin Towers in Manhattan and ends framing the Earth. 

The Soldier and the Rap Star: A Tale of Two Post-9/11 Students Coalition for Queens and Das Racist

The Soldier and the Rap Star: A Tale of Two Post-9/11 Students

At a high school near Ground Zero, the attacks sent the student body president and vice-president on very different life paths

The (Now Sacred) Visual Icons Created in the Wake of 9/11 Steven Heller

The (Now Sacred) Visual Icons Created in the Wake of 9/11

Of the many icons created after 9/11, those makeshift memorials and haunting "missing" flyers were the most devastatingly sad

10 Years Later: How We Won Reuters

10 Years Later: How We Won

The war against al-Qaeda is over, but continuing to fight terrorism will require understanding what we did that worked - and what didn't

Al-Qaeda Is Winning Reuters

Al-Qaeda Is Winning

Their ability to land large-scale attacks like that of September 11 might be eroded, but the group has another strategy: using our strengths against us

From Hezbollah to Hedge Funds, U.S. Still Bewildered by Non-State Actors Reuters

From Hezbollah to Hedge Funds, U.S. Still Bewildered by Non-State Actors

Washington is just beginning to grasp the implications of a world system in which small, ambiguous groups can alter the course of history

9/11: The Week Before Tina Hager/The White House

9/11: The Week Before

Photos from the days leading up to the attacks show how much the world changed on September 11, 2001

Worried About Big Government? Then You Should Worry About War Wikimedia Commons

Worried About Big Government? Then You Should Worry About War

The the national security state is the biggest threat to American liberty, but the tea party is blind to the danger -- and so's the Obama left

New York Stories: An Oral Historian Takes on 9/11 Michael Keller

New York Stories: An Oral Historian Takes on 9/11

In an age of 24-hour news coverage, personal memories can get lost in the noise. It's Mary Marshall Clark's job to turn off the TV and listen.

Was Declaring War on Terror a Mistake? Reuters

Was Declaring War on Terror a Mistake?

The former British spy chief says al-Qaeda's attack should have been considered a crime, not an act of war

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