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Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst, Bestselling Author

One of few Americans to have interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen is one of today’s foremost commentators on America’s national security and the War on Terror. Author of two New York Times bestsellers, Bergen’s recent release The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda has been called “one of the most important accounts on the subject” by the newspaper. He is Editor of the AfPak Channel, a premiere clearinghouse of news covering Afghanistan, Pakistan and issues of transnational terrorism. Bergen is also the Director of the National Security Program at the New America Foundation and a Research Fellow at NYU’s Center on Law and Security.

His most recent book, a New York Times bestseller, is Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. The book is being translated into seven languages and HBO is producing a theatrical release documentary based on it.


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More About Peter Bergen

Read publications by Peter Bergen on the New America Foundation website.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Two recent events suggest the War on Terror should be retired as an operating concept: the Arab Spring, which undercuts al Qaeda’s ideology, and the death of bin Laden, which undercuts al Qaeda as an organization.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Al Qaeda no longer poses a national security threat to the American homeland on the scale of 9/11, however, jihadist terrorism isn't going away, and we should realize that al Qaeda or an affiliate will eventually succeed in getting some kind of attack through. The best response is resilience.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Bergen discusses the killing of Osama bin Laden, the strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, and what the future now holds for the al Qaeda organization.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

After several years of declining influence and disrupted terror plots, al Qaeda is struggling to remain relevant. Its new leader, the ineffective and uninspiring Ayman al-Zawahiri, does not look like the man who can turn things around.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Peter Bergen, Brian Fishman, Katherine Tiedemann, Foreign Policy, November, 2010

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Peter Bergen, Washington Monthly, July/August, 2009

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Peter Bergen, The New Republic, December 22, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Peter Bergen, CNN, October 26, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Wednesday, December 31, 1969