The Twentieth Anniversary of September 11: Chaos or Community?

Remembering September 11, New York City

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The question animating this closing discussion comes from the title of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Can peoples and nations find ways to forge a more cooperative global community? Or will the world descend into further chaos? Can we recommend policies, drawing on the most compelling narratives and perspectives presented in the first two panels, to advance King’s dream of greater equality and a just community for all? Can we optimize security, development, and human rights policies that promote the dignity and flourishing of all persons and every community?


Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy (Macmillan, 2018)

Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University and author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)

Lisa Schirch, Richard G. Starmann Sr. Visiting Professorship Chair in Peace Studies with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and author of eleven books, including Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning

This is the third in a series of three conversations titled “The Twentieth Anniversary of September 11: Changing the Climate of Conflict,” a series of policy discussions presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs and its Ansari Institute. It is cosponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.