Katie Blasewitz

12 October 2006


Research Proposal



International and American Views of the United States after 9/11: How the World Has Changed




            Five years ago, today, the World Trade Center towers were attacked by terrorists leading to one of the most significant events in American history in the past decade.  Soon thereafter, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror” starting a revolution in media coverage of the conflict between the United States and the Middle East.  Five years later, the international news media is once again covering the tragic event.  But this time, everyone is asking: What has changed? 

            I will explore what has changed in the past five years including attitudes towards the “War on Terror,” perspectives from countries around the world, and changes in security measures (especially in airports) throughout the world.  I will do this by analyzing secondary data, journal articles, and popular international media outlets that have followed trends and tracked these changes throughout the years.



            The international implications of the World Trade Center attacks and the impact it had on foreign correspondence and international media authorizes this research as an important project that will enlighten readers to the changes in attitudes, security measures, and personal views of the United States and Middle East conflict.

            The extensive media coverage of the events on September 11, 2001 and the events post-9/11, including political, social, and economical changed the world’s view of America and changed America’s view of itself. 



            Since 9/11, there have been extensive studies and a myriad of articles written about the Arab/ Muslim communities throughout the world, attitude shifts among Americans towards the “War on Terror”, the shifts in security in airports and across borders, and the promises of the Bush administration, to name a few.  I will analyze the data collected throughout the years on these topics.  In addition, I will evaluate and scrutinize articles written about these topics.  I hope to find that the changes have been for the betterment of what I will call the “international community” and for all of those involved in this crisis.


Preliminary Sources

My sources will include secondary data, journal articles, news broadcasts, newspaper articles, and other media pieces, from a variety of international media outlets including BBC, CNN, Al Jezeera, and CNews.


Ahmad, F. (2006). British Muslim Perceptions and Opinions on News Coverage of September

11. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 961-982. Retrieved September 08, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile.



Blunk, Scott S., Clark, David E., & McGibany, James M. (March 10, 2006) Evaluating the long

run impacts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on US domestic airline travel.  In Applied

Economics, 38, p363(8). Retrieved September 08, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile.


Enders, Walter, and Todd Sandler. "After 9/11: Is it all different now?(World Trade Center and

Pentagon Attacks, 2001)." Journal of Conflict Resolution 49.2 (April 2005): 259

277. Retrieved September 08, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile.


Matar, D. (2006). Diverse Disporas, One Meta-Narrative: Palenstinians in the UK Talking about

11 September 2001. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 1027-1040. Retrieved September 08, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile.


Telhami, S. (Summer 2006). The Return of the State. The National Interest, pp. 109-113.

Retrieved September 08, 2006, from InfoTrac OneFile.