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     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006; Washington, D.C.

    FOREIGN POLICY September/October 2006 Issue

    Available now on newsstands and online at

    9/11: The Day Nothing Much Changed

    Why the World Looks Much Like It Did Before the Towers Fell

    plus, Who killed Iraq, Saudi Arabia’s fading chance for reform, Why rich diseases ravage the poor, The 2006 CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index, How not to build a border fence, and more… It was said that the world would never be the same. But for all the sound and fury, September 11 was not the watershed moment many said it would be, writes Managing Editor William J. Dobson in the September/October cover story of FOREIGN POLICY. The real day that changed everything came a decade earlier.

    In his essay, “The Day Nothing Much Changed,” Dobson argues that 9/11 was the result of a global imbalance in power that came about with the United States’ rise as the world’s only superpower.

    “If there was a day that changed the world forever it was [the end of the Cold War] 15 years ago, not five,” he says. “The United States was the target on September 11 because it was perceived to be the global hegemon.”The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were less the birth of a new era than the result of one that had already existed for some time, he writes.

    “A day after 9/11, we were still in the post-Cold War era, we still are today, and that is precisely the problem.”What is remarkable about 9/11, argues Dobson, is how much things have stayed the same. Globalization did not grind to a halt as some predicted. The global economy recovered with record speed. America’s openness to immigration was not the casualty that many predicted. More foreigners became U.S. citizens in 2005 than in 1998.Even the anti-American sentiment prevalent today has a far longer lineage than 9/11, says Dobson. Iraq may be responsible for the current antipathy toward the United States, but its source is rooted in the world’s long-held fear that the sole superpower would come to dominate others.

    “The fact that anti-Americanism has spiked since the U.S. invasion of Iraq is entirely sensible,” Dobson writes. “For the rest of the world, it is the realization of the fears of American dominance that they have long harbored.”Until the international system achieves some sort of balance—whether because of the rise of other nations, America’s decline, or both—the world will remain in the post-Cold War era, he says.

    “Until then, 1991 will remain the year that matters most.”

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    Also in the latest issue of FOREIGN POLICY:

    Think Again: 9/11

    The attacks on the United States were neither a clash of civilizations nor an unqualified success for al Qaeda. They were, however, a clash of policy that continues to this day. As al Qaeda struggles to strike again, the United States wrestles with a confused war on terror that won’t end until Americans are forced to choose between Medicare and missiles. By Juan Cole (p. 26)

    Who Killed Iraq?

    After the invasion, the United States was supposed to help Iraq become a model democracy. Instead, L. Paul Bremer and his team of naïve neocons only helped Iraq become the world’s most dangerous nation. The inside story of how it all went wrong—before it ever had a chance to go right. By Rajiv Chandrasekaran (p. 36)

    How Not to Build a Fence

    The United States may soon fortify its border with Mexico. But what about the fence that is already there? A close look at the disjointed, makeshift barrier reveals America’s ambivalent and conflicted attitudes about immigration. By Peter Skerry (p. 64)

    2006 CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index

    Rich nations have never sounded more committed to stamping out poverty once and for all. Is it all just hot air? The fourth annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index ranks 21 rich nations on whether they’re working to end global poverty—or just making it worse. (p. 68)

    The Kingdom’s Clock

    If Saudi Arabia’s new king is to stem the Islamist extremism inside and outside his kingdom, he must push through the reforms that will outlast his own inevitably short reign. It’s a race against the clock. At 82 years old, King Abdullah’s reign is already running out. By Rachel Bronson and Isobel Coleman (p. 54)

    Empires with Expiration Dates

    The empires of the past 100 years were short lived, none surviving to see the dawn of the new century. Today, there are no empires—officially. Will the United States and China embrace their imperial destiny, and if they do, can they avoid the fate of those who came before them? By Niall Ferguson (p. 68)

    Missing Links: Chronic Neglect

    A new danger is stalking the world’s poor: The rich world’s diseases. By Michael P. Birt (p. 96)


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    D.C., FP is a 2006 and 2005 nominee and 2003 winner of a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The magazine’s readers include some of the most influential leaders in business, government, and other professional arenas throughout the United States and more than 160 other countries. In addition to the flagship English-language edition and award-winning Web site,, FP is also published in Arabic, Bulgarian, French,

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