Two Hours that Shook the World
Fred Halliday

Introduction In this lecture, Fred Halliday, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science considers the impact of the events of September 11, 2001, through the prism of the subjects he teaches: international relations and Middle East studies. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Centre precipitated a crisis that was global in the range of countries it affected and multi-layered, affecting military and economic stability, inter-ethnic relations, conceptions of domestic security and relations between the Middle East and the West. Finally, he argues that, it is through academic disciplines and research that we can most effectively provide an analytical framework to look for explanations for the attacks, probe the normative issues of what ought to be done, as well as examine the global consequences of the crisis.


This feature is taken from a lecture delivered at the London School of Economics and Political Science on December 4, 2001. Copyright, The London School of Economics and Political Science.