RUSI JournalVolume 156Issue 4members only

Assessing the Costs: The British Response to 9/11

Have the costs in terms of moral authority and civil liberty been worth it for the UK's enhanced resilience and security preparedness in the wake of 9/11?

9/11 was costly for the UK, not only financially through increased security measures at home and wars in Afghanistan and arguably Iraq, but also in terms of lives, moral authority, civil liberty and community cohesion. Former BBC home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore assesses the consequences of the British response to 9/11, arguing that whilst some of our response has been reactionary and overblown, other costs can be justified.  

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