Supplemental Materials

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy addresses the issues arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Students are drawn into consideration of the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Scholars Online
Bring university scholars into your classrooms with videos featuring top scholars answering specific questions in their fields of expertise.

Graphic Organizers

PowerPoint of Political Cartoons

Oral History and September 11
A two-day lesson plan from Teaching with the News, excerpted from Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Web Links

Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism—U.S. Department of State
Information on official U.S. policy on terrorism.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Information on threat levels and the functions of the department.

Council on Foreign Relations
A website that provides clear information about terrorism.

A compilation of audio interviews of people who were directly affected by the September 11 attacks.

Portraits of Grief
An interactive site by The New York Times based on interviews with friends and families of September 11 victims.


Ajami, Fouad. The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey (New York: Pantheon Books, 1998). 344 pages.

Bergen, Peter L. The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda (New York: Free Press, 2011). 349 pages.

Cleveland, William. A History of the Modern Middle East (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2004) 608 pages.

Hoffman, Bruce. Inside Terrorism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998). 288 pages.

Juergensmeyer, Mark. Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000). 316 pages.

Wright, Lawrence. The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (New York: Knopf, 2006). 480 pages.

Related Topics from the Choices Program


middle east u.s. role in the world Afghanistan