How the World Sees America, 10 Years After 9/11

Thursday, September 08, 2011

9/11 Memorial Pool (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Over the last decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America's standing in the world has volleyed sympathetic, after the attacks, to war mongering villain to perhaps something in between since the election of Barack Obama. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Ros Atkins, host of the BBC's World Have Your Say — which reaches 45 million people around the globe — has been talking to people all over the world to gauge foreign opinion of the U.S.

Lubna Naji is a doctor in Baghdad, Iraq. She says Iraqis like her continue to be suspicious of the U.S., and is disappointed that President Obama hasn't brought greater change. Tazeen Javed is a Pakistani blogger based in Islamabad. Before 9/11, she says, America seemed larger than life, but its position has been greatly diminished in the last ten years. Reem Asaad is an investment analyst and economic writer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She says that while the U.S. often sends mixed messages to the world, the upside of the 9/11 attacks is that the visibility of Islam in America has greatly increased.

Guests:

Reem Asaad, Ros Atkins, Tazeen Javed and Dr. Lubna Naji

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