Follow-up study on the terror attack against WTC/pentagon September 11, 2001, and its consequences


  • Ljung Bo

Publish date: 2002-01-01

Report number: FOI-R--0471--SE

Pages: 141

Written in: Swedish


This follow-up study of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, is a complement to the study done immediately after the september events. A number of aspects are dealt with concerning the war on terrorism, the Afghan campaign, and its security policy implications. Special emphasis is put on analysing the US role in creating the international coalition and its implications for the debate on development of ESDP. Aspects that deal with Sweden´s approach to this are dealt with. It is noted that the countries rather than the institutions maintained the initiative. The implications of the war for Central and South Asia are discussed as well as Russia´s attitude. The terrorist attack´s consequences for the world economy are touched upon. The terrorist´s possibilities to use weapons of mass destruction are analysed. The motives and operational methods of islamic terrorism are assessed. The study also takes into account some aspects of international law. The rescue operation in New York is described as is the US system for civil emergencies. The study provides an oveview of the changes in the international strategic landscape that the war on terrorism has brought about. Finally the study discusses the implications for Sweden´s security, policy and civil preparedness.