One of few Americans to have interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen is one of todays foremost commentators on Americas national security and the War on Terror. Author of two New York Times bestsellers, Bergens 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 NYUs 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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Two recent events suggest the War on Terror should be retired as an operating concept: the Arab Spring, which undercuts al Qaedas ideology, and the death of bin Laden, which undercuts al Qaeda as an organization.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Bergen, Brian Fishman, Katherine Tiedemann, Foreign Policy, November, 2010
Peter Bergen, Washington Monthly, July/August, 2009
Peter Bergen, The New Republic, December 22, 2009
Peter Bergen, CNN, October 26, 2009