Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order

Ken Booth - Tim Dunne

The events of September 11, 2001 have been subject to several assessments in the West and the rest of the world. Despite the different approaches adopted by these assessments to understand the events, they all agree that the September incidents changed the world, marking the beginning of a new phase in international relations, and set to have a radical effect in remolding the global order in the future. This book attempts to examine the September 11 incidents, their background, causes, implications, and repercussions; and it seeks to offer explanations for extremism, political violence, and terrorism phenomena. The writers sought to assess the response to these events which culminated in the war on terror and to predict the future of the global order. The book's main argument is that the September 11 incidents represent in reality a collision of worlds: the collision between various political parties and entities competing for power and influence, and the collision between spheres of ideas. The book's thirty chapters depict several conflicts which have emerged from September 11 or have been highlighted by it. The book has been jointly authored by elite intellectuals, thinkers, and academics from several countries. Their essays offer varying opinions and views, distinguishing the book from others that deal with the subject. Prominent writer, Joseph S. Nye, said of the book, “While we try to understand the events of September 11, 2001, it is difficult to find a more diverse and interesting group of writers than the authors of this book. Whether you agree or disagree with them, you will definitely learn from them.”