The terrorist attacks of 9/11 and beyond: available data

Terrorism as a political strategy is not new at all, but with the devastating terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and various targets in Washington, of September 11, 2001 the world entered a new phase of this problem and discussions on how to deal with it. A number of international polls held immediately after the attacks of '9/11' and the months after that allow us to assess the worldwide reactions to these events.

For instance, international polls by Gallup International in thirty-seven (September 2001) and sixty-five (December 2001-January 2002) countries respectively, including a number in Asia, Africa and Latin America, were an important contribution to gathering data beyond the traditional focus on the US and Western Europe.19 Another poll by Gallup International in nine Muslim countries early in 2002 did much to broaden the picture. Several other international polls were undertaken in Europe in the fifteen countries of the European Union, including a major effort to explore, in considerable detail, views on policies and policy options by the European Union.20

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