Friday, October 12, 2012

Get to Know a Speaker: Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen, New America Foundation, is a print and television journalist and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into twenty languages. Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden (2001) and The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of Al Qaeda's Leader (2006) were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post,  and documentaries based on the books were nominated for Emmys. In 2011 he published The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda. Newsweek  and The Guardian named The Longest War as one of the key books about terrorism of the past decade and Amazon, Kirkus and Foreign Policy named it as one of the best books of 2011. His most recent book is Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. Reviewing the book in The Washington Post, NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston described it as “a real-life thriller that will be a must-read for years to come.”

Mr. Bergen is CNN's National Security Analyst and a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. He has written for many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Rolling Stone, The National Interest, TIME, Newsweek, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Mother Jones, Washington Times, The Times (UK), The Daily Telegraph (UK), and The Guardian (UK). He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television, Discovery and CNN. In 2008, he was an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and he worked as an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University for several years. He has testified on Capitol Hill on a number of occasions. Mr. Bergen holds a M.A. in modern history from New College, Oxford University.

As director of New America's National Security Studies Program, Mr. Bergen leads the Foundation's analysis of terrorism, counterinsurgency, South Asia’s geopolitics and other national security concerns. Mr. Bergen's personal Web site can be accessed at: www.peterbergen.com.

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