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A riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism, from 9/11 to the present

“Mr. Bergen writes with authority and range… His profiles of jihadists… leave the reader with a harrowing appreciation of the banality of evil and an unnerving sense of missteps made by the authorities… Mr. Bergen’s detailed accounts of terror plots (both executed, foiled or failed) make for chilling reading.”

“Excellent… Bergen’s book is the best one-volume treatment available on the current state of jihad in America.”

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Monday, May 23, 2016 Big security decision facing the next president, Sunday, May 08, 2016 Architect of bin Laden raid: The anxious moments, Sunday, May 08, 2016 Unprecedented access to the White House to relive the bin Laden raid, Friday, March 25, 2016 Will returning Syria fighters strike the United States? Friday, March 25, 2016 How big is U.S. terror threat?, Friday, March 25, 2016 Key clue in Brussels attacks: The explosives, Saturday, March 12, 2016 An isolated Osama bin Laden struggled to keep his bodyguards, Sunday, February 21, 2016 Could a Paris-style attack happen in the United States? Sunday, February 21, 2016 Billions at stake in Apple encryption case, Saturday, February 06, 2016 Who do terrorists confide in? MORE ARTICLES »

Congressional Testimony/Reports

December, 2015

ISIS in the West: The New Faces of Extremism

Thursday, November 19, 2015

“The Impact of ISIS on the Homeland and Refugee Resettlement.” Hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs



The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad

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

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

Drone Wars:
Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

Drones are the iconic military technology of many of today’s most pressing conflicts, a lens through which U.S. foreign policy is understood, and a means for discussing key issues regarding the laws of war and the changing nature of global politics. Drones have captured the public imagination, partly because they project lethal force in a manner that challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral understandings. Drone Wars presents a series of essays by legal scholars, journalists, government officials, military analysts, social scientists, and foreign policy experts. It addresses drones’ impact on the ground, how their use adheres to and challenges the laws of war, their relationship to complex policy challenges, and the ways they help us understand the future of war.


Biography Photo: CNN-Brent Stirton

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, author, documentary producer and vice president at New America where he directs the International Security and Fellows programs; a professor of practice at Arizona State University; 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.



Tuesday, June, 07, 2016 The Invention of Russia From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War, New America DC

Friday, June, 17, 2016 Karen Greenberg book event, New America DC

Monday, June, 20, 2016 A Conversation with David Petraeus, New America, NYC

Tuesday, June, 28, 2016 United States of Jihad, Colorado Springs, CO

Monday, September, 26, 2016 Montreal Canada

Thursday, October, 06, 2016 Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Tuesday, October, 25, 2016 Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville TN

Tuesday, November, 01, 2016 Alper Book Festival, Miami

Thursday, November, 10, 2016 Book Festival, MJCCA, Atlanta, Georgia

Monday, November, 14, 2016 MPCT Conference (Media, Politics, Commerce, & Technology), Washington DC