essays ...

Barry Eichengreen, David Held, Riva Kastoryano, Robert Keohane, Timur Kuran, and Saskia Sassen


Robert Hefner, Barbara Metcalf, Haideh Moghissi, Farish Noor, Olivier Roy, and Wang Gungwu

Terrorism and
Democratic Virtues
Janet Abu-Lughod, Jeffrey Ayres and Sidney Tarrow, Seyla Benhabib, Didier Bigo, Kay Deaux, John Hall, Kanishka Jayasuriya, Peter Meyers, Kathryn Sikkink, and Aristide Zolberg

Competing Narratives
Daniele Archibugi, Said Arjomand, Rajeev Bhargava, Mahmood Mamdani, Marc Howard Ross, Luis Rubio, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Jeffrey Wasserstrom

New War?
Dorothy Denning, James Der Derian, Jack Goldstone, Mary Kaldor, Clark McCauley, Adam Roberts, Charles Tilly, and Nicholas Wheeler

New World Order?
Luiz Bresser-Pereira, Richard Bulliet, Bruce Cumings, Richard Falk, Neil Smith, Steve Smith, William Wallace, and William Zartman

Building Peace
Kamran Asdar Ali, Alisher Ilkhamov, Radha Kumar, Margaret Mills, Gwenn Okruhlik, Barnett Rubin, and Susan Woodward

Veena Das, Robin Hogarth, Saba Gul Khattak, Tariq Modood, Marita Sturken, and Kathleen Tierney

perspectives from
the social sciences

Terrorist attacks on and since September 11th have stimulated public soul-searching, military and diplomatic responses, and efforts to reform public policy. Both the attacks and responses to them have raised a host of questions about social organization, basic social institutions, how people mobilize amid crises, and how differences of culture and politics shape conflict and cooperation.

This website features an extraordinary and still-expanding collection of essays by leading social scientists from around the country and the world. These are efforts by social scientists to bring theoretical and empirical knowledge to bear on the events of Sept. 11, their precursors, and what comes after.

We have asked the authors of these essays to write against two-week deadlines. Much to their credit they have obliged, even when it is difficult to come by sure knowledge in a time of quickly changing circumstances.

These essays are intended as resources for teachers -- especially college and university instructors -- who want to address the unfolding events in their courses from the perspectives of the social sciences. We hope they may also serve journalists and others who seek a guide to academic knowledge related to these events. Not least they are for all of us who seek deeper understanding in troubling times.

See also ...

The Teaching Resource for High School and College Classrooms:  
a collection of background materials, questions linked to selected essays, and lesson plan ideas, which facilitate upper-level high school and introductory-level college instructors' use of this essay collection in the classroom.

The View from Latin Ameica

The editors have added hyperlinks in the right-hand margin of essays. We have chosen what we hope are useful additional resources to the concepts discussed by the authors. We welcome suggestions for additional resources. Please e-mail


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