Supplemental Materials

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy addresses the issues arising from the September 11, 2001 attacks and the continuing threat of terrorism. Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Graphic Organizers

Slideshow of Political Cartoons

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.


Cleveland, William. A History of the Modern Middle East Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012.

Douglas, Roger. Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Hoffman, Bruce. Inside Terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Kurzman, Charles. The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Stern, Jessica, and J. M Berger. ISIS: The State of Terror. First edition. New York: Ecco Press, 2015.

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