Cities, terrorism and urban wars of the 21st century

The collapse of New York’s Twin Towers on 11th September 2001 dramatically demonstrated the
susceptibility of cities to terrorist attacks. Two and a half years later, on the 11th March 2004,
bombs were detonated on packed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 and injuring over 1,500
people, extending an amplified sense of urban vulnerability to cities in Europe. This was
reinforced by the London bombings in July 2005, which again targeted ordinary city dwellers
going about their daily lives. Subsequent analyses, contributing to the burgeoning literature on
the ‘war on terror’ that grew up in the wake of 9/11, have examined the consequences of targeted
urban terror campaigns in cities of the global North. Read more