Undercurrents: Youth perspectives on 9/11

How does the post-9/11 generation reflect on the attacks of 11 September, 2001? And does its legacy shape their wider views of international politics?


  • Podcast recording
  • 10 Sep 2021
  • 2 min read


20 years ago the United States suffered the worst terror attack in its history, sparking a fundamental shift in US foreign policy towards the Middle East. Many citizens in the United States and beyond can still remember where they were on 11 September, 2001. But what do younger generations think about 9/11? To find out, Ben speaks to three colleagues who were all young children at the time of the attacks, and whose political consciousnesses have formed in the post-9/11 world.

Anar Bata provides an insight into the experience of Muslim Americans after the attacks, and reflects on how 9/11 is taught and thought about in the US education system. Samantha Potter shares how her understanding of 9/11 encouraged her to pursue a career in service, and considers the impact of the War on Terror on US global leadership. Finally, Mondher Tounsi recalls how 9/11 was framed within Tunisian society during his childhood, and how America’s actions in the wake of the attacks have affected its reputation within the Arab world. 

Note: The views expressed by Samantha Potter in this podcast are solely her own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, Department of Defense, or the US Government.