The Legacy of 9/11

Views from North America

Edited by Andrea Charron, Alexander Moens, and Stéphane Roussel
Categories: Political Science, Business, Economics & Industry, Economics, Security, Peace & Conflict Studies
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Hardcover : 9780228017318, 392 pages, July 2023
Paperback : 9780228017325, 392 pages, July 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780228017974, July 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780228017981, 392 pages, July 2023

Exploring the political, economic, security, and defence implications of 9/11 for North America, twenty years later.


While 9/11 was understood at the time as a world-changing event in international relations, its uneven aftermath and the long-term effects for North America could not have been predicted.

Twenty years later, The Legacy of 9/11 explores the political, economic, security and defence, and trade and border implications of the event. Written by a team of North American experts across many fields, the book foregrounds the fallout of 9/11 in Mexico and Canada as opposed to the more commonly discussed impact on the United States. Looking at the event and its aftermath through four lenses – ideas about North America; border, trade, and economics; security and society; and defence – contributors analyze the complex legacy of 9/11. Rather than serving as a catalyst to create an integrated, trilateral continent, 9/11 entrenched the North America we have today: three separate states with emphasis on two very different borders.

From a reconsideration of internationalism, a rise in populism, and a shift in migration patterns to the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, The Legacy of 9/11 uncovers how successive North American governments reacted in surprising ways to the world-altering attack.


The Legacy of 9/11 is an ambitious and important undertaking, offering an interesting retrospective of the world both before and after the attacks on September 11th. This volume will no doubt cause readers to reflect on their own understandings of 9/11 and how it has shaped not only world events but also personal histories.” Jeffrey Rice, MacEwan University