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LBJ School Graduate Students Explore the Changing Policy Landscape in 9/11 Policy Retrospective

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, the Baines Report, a graduate student publication of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has issued a special “9/11 Policy Retrospective” edition, analyzing how policy issues such as immigration, veteran’s benefits, national security, energy and media engagement have altered and evolved over the last decade.

Redefining Stability in Light of 9/11 and the Arab Spring by Allison Minor

After 9/11, the United States prioritized fighting terrorism and in its foreign policy, allowing dictators to act as they pleased so long as their regimes were stable. The Arab Spring proved how wrong - and dangerous - that priority was.

Allison is a first year dual degree master's candidate in Global Policy Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

How the Media Responded When the World Changed by Meredith Whipple

The emotions generated by the events of September 11, 2001 contributed to a long-term failure of the media in their role as watchdog of government decisions.

Meredith is a second year graduate student at The LBJ School of Public Affairs. She currently works for the nonprofit organization Consumers Union, researching telecommunications policies.

Our National Security Lens is Out of Focus on Immigration by Allison Ramirez

Our increased militarization of the border after 9/11 creates only a false sense of security at home, with very real security implications for those outside our borders.

Allison is a third year dual degree master's candidate in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Latin American Studies at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked extensively on issues of migration and human rights in El Salvador.

Lessons from the Past by Miha Vindis

Remembering 9/11 is important, but remembering our reaction is more so. Forgetting that 9/11, like Pearl Harbor, will one day be an event in a past landscape, led the United States into rash action that will affect future generations longer than the memory of the event will remain of central importance.

Miha is a third year master's candidate in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Blind Consumption: Realizing the Full Costs of Oil by Jason Brooks

The September 11 attacks and resulting wars revealed our energy policy's emphasis on securing cheap fuel at the expense of defense dollars - but the most profound financial impact, the result of the soaring costs of veteran medical and education benefits, has yet to arrive.

Jason is a first year master's candidate in the Global Policy Studies program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is also a former Marine and an Iraq veteran.