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The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world’s most wanted man. “Virtually crackles with insider details…Bergen’s Pakistani sources gave him new insight into bin Laden’s home life…The details of the SEAL raid itself…[make] for compelling reading. Bergen puts the raid into a broader intelligence framework and deftly re-creates the heart-thumping tension of that night and the calculations that went into pulling off the daring mission…Bergen’s three other books have become required reading for national security buffs and counterterrorism reporters. But Manhunt is different. It goes to a higher level…Bergen has accomplished a journalistic feat: He manages to make the story of bin Laden’s end sound new. He has put together a real-life thriller that will be a must-read for years to come.” –Dina Temple-Raston, Washington Post

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Congressional Testimony/Reports

September, 2013

Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment, BPC

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing” Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, April 23, 2013



The Longest War:
The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

“For years, I tried to read every new novel about how 9/11 affected our lives. Some were very thoughtful, but I always came away unsatisfied, feeling that the authors had worked hard but had somehow fallen short. As I read the stunning first section of Peter L. Bergen’s new book on the war between the United States and Al Qaeda, I realized I had been looking in the wrong genre. None of the novels were as effective or moving as “The Longest War,” which is a history of our time. … “The Longest War” is one of the most important accounts on the subject to appear in years. But be warned: You will read it and weep.” — Thomas E. Ricks, The New York Times Book Review

Holy War, Inc.:
Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden

The only book you need to read on Osama bin Laden. –The Washington Post An accessible, comprehensive, nonhysterical examination of who bin Laden is, where he comes from…and what motivates him. – Deidre Donahue, USA Today Unusually astute….Holy War, Inc. shines [with] Bergen’s insight into bin Laden’s mind-set and behavior….Required reading for anyone seeking to understand him. – Bruce Hoffman, The Atlantic Monthly


The longest war the United States has ever fought is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But when we speak of “Afghanistan,” we really mean a conflict that straddles the border with Pakistan–and the reality of Islamic militancy on that border is enormously complicated.


Biography Photo: CNN-Brent Stirton

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist and author; the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and CNN’s national security analyst. He has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.



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Wednesday, March, 09, 2016 Cyber Conflict and the Future of War, New America, Washington DC

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Monday, March, 28, 2016 Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, 69th National Conclave, Dallas TX

Wednesday, April, 06, 2016 Orlando, Florida

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