Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Transnationalizing the Study of the United States

Thematic Focus: The Twentieth Anniversary of the "War on Terror"

The current focus of this cluster is to understand how the United States has impacted world politics today as a result of the “war on terror” that stems as an ostensible response to the attack on New York on 9/11. Given the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks we study the global implications of the “war on terror.” In line with our transnational emphasis we are focused on how the political and intellectual bodies within the Middle East and Latin America have responded, interacted, collaborated, and criticized the implications of the “war on terror” in regards to international affairs/regional politics and international law/human rights. Our current focus is on: security and surveillance, terror and counter-terror, resistance, and rationalization of violence. Our goal is to build intellectual transnational connections with research centers, community organizations, and think tanks in the Global South.

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