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10 years later: lessons learnt
The ten years since the 9/11 attacks have thrown up new and challenging security risks. How well have we kept up with them? Has NATO changed enough? In this edition, we look at what the security world has learnt since that historic day.
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BBC Interview of Baroness Manningham-Buller
Baroness Manningham-Buller was the Director of the UK's MI5 security service from 2002 to 2007. She was already a counter-terrorism expert by the time of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and went on to rise up through the organisation. Earlier this year, she gave a series of lectures to the BBC.

Being NATO's Secretary General on 9/11
Being NATO Secretary General is always a job fraught with challenges and surprises. But on 11 September, 2001, Lord Robertson had one of the most extraordinary experiences of any NATO Secretary General. Here, he recounts how the day panned out.

Images of terror: threats' changing faces
A picture is worth a thousand words - and these pictures may be more. In this photostory, we outline some of the most striking images of the threats that came on, and since, 9/11.

Baroness Manningham-Buller was the Director of the UK's MI5 security service from 2002 to 2007. She was already a counter-terrorism expert by the time of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and went on to rise up through the organisation. Earlier this year, she gave a series of lectures to the BBC.
Being NATO Secretary General is always a job fraught with challenges and surprises. But on 11 September, 2001, Lord Robertson had one of the most extraordinary experiences of any NATO Secretary General. Here, he recounts how the day panned out.
In retrospect, instead of heralding NATO's decline, "09/11" became the catalyst for the most fundamental changes in NATO's history, argues Michael Ruhle. Yet for the NATO Allies, the questions they had to ponder from the outset were as obvious as they were profound.
A picture is worth a thousand words - and these pictures may be more. In this photostory, we outline some of the most striking images of the threats that came on, and since, 9/11.
For a truly modern approach to bringing NATO up to speed on 21st century security threats, the Alliance needs smart spending, more commitment and clearer planning, argues Dr Jacquelyn Davis.
9/11 heralded an age of new threats. Not least of these is the cyber threat. Here, Olaf Theiler outlines how NATO has had to adapt quickly to a fast changing, pervasive and often cheap security threat.
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During my school days, there were single dates which merited special chapters. The day when Archduke Ferdinand was shot. The day when Hitler took power. The day when Pearl Harbour was attacked.

These dates were important not just for what happened on those days. They were important for the events they unleashed in the days, weeks and years after. Days which proved the tipping point for tens of countries and millions of people.

Today's schools have a new date. September 11, 2001.

During my school days, there were single dates which merited special chapters. The day when Archduke Ferdinand was shot. The day when Hitler took power. The day when Pearl Harbour was attacked.

These dates were important not just for what happened on those days. They were important for the events they unleashed in the days, weeks and years after. Days which proved the tipping point for tens of countries and millions of people.

Today's schools have a new date. September 11, 2001.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of that most spectacular of terrorist attacks. Time enough to look back and reflect.

Time enough to answer questions like: how well did security organisations react? What were the successes and failures? And what would we do differently today?

In this edition of NATO Review, we look at the effect on NATO in the 10 years that have followed. And we include the then NATO's Secretary General's account of how he spent that historic day.

A recent edition of a security magazine highlighted what it felt were 10 events in the past 10 years which were more important to security than the events of that day. It included events like the economic crisis and the Arab Spring.

The magazine may be right. But there are no rivals to that date as the most iconic for 21st century security. It is the date which will forever have its own chapter.

Paul King

quotes
IRA statement from 13 October 1984,
after the Brighton bombing attack on Margaret Thatcher
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