The 2023 Knight Forum on Geopolitics


The 2023 Knight Forum on Geopolitics


Targeting Terror

U.S. Policy toward Middle Eastern State Sponsors and Terrorist Organizations, Post-September 11

Matthew Levitt
Release Date: November 13, 2002

September 11 produced unprecedented political will in the United States to fight international terrorism with all of the energy and power at the collective disposal of America and its allies. That principle has already been applied to al-Qaeda and is now being applied to Saddam Husayn’s Iraq. But what effect has the U.S.-led “war on terror” had on the leaders and state sponsors of other Middle Eastern terrorist organizations?

In this sober, fact-filled assessment of U.S. counterterrorism policy over the past year, Matthew Levitt argues that without marshalling the resolve and resources to fight terror on all its fronts simultaneously, the West will not fully come to grips with the implications of September 11.