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9/11 20th Anniversary Series

Now accepting submissions.

Words: Sahar Khan
Pictures: Luke Stackpoole

September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took down the World Trade Center in New York City, killing 3000 people and injuring hundreds. Those attacks — simply known worldwide as “9/11” — mark the beginning of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), a campaign that has led to wars in Afghanistan, Iraq,  numerous counterterrorism operations worldwide, a variety of anti-terrorism legislation that resembles the PATRIOT Act, and questionable law enforcement practices.

As the war on terror wages on, with seemingly no end in sight, we want to hear from you.

Do you remember where you were when the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred?

Did the 9/11 attacks shape your career and/or worldview? If so, how?

Do you think that terrorism remains a threat or is overblown?

What kind of narratives and discourses has the war on terror created in your community?

How has the field of “terrorism studies” impacted social science?

What are some of the underlying issues that we’re all missing as the war on terror continues on?

Please send related submissions to by 5 PM EST on August 23, 2021, with the subject “Submission: 9/11 20th Anniversary.” Submissions should be between 900–2000 words. Further guidelines are here.


Sahar Khan

Managing Editor

Sahar Khan is the Managing Editor at Inkstick. She is also a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Defense and Foreign Policy Studies department. Sahar holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine; a MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. Sahar's work has appeared in various well-known sources, such as The Diplomat, Axios, The Hill, and Newsweek.


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