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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.”
—MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NEW YORK TIMES

“Excellent… Bergen’s book is the best one-volume treatment available on the current state of jihad in America.”
—JANET NAPOLITANO, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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RECENT ARTICLES

Thursday, August 16, 2018 Trump is picking on the wrong guy, CNN.com Tuesday, August 07, 2018 Attack of the assassin drones, CNN.com Tuesday, August 07, 2018 The man who tried to stop 9/11, CNN.com Saturday, August 04, 2018 Osama bin Laden's mother breaks her long silence, CNN.com Saturday, August 04, 2018 Sarah Sanders is wrong. Bin Laden was wary of satellite phones because he wasn't an idiot, CNN.com Saturday, July 21, 2018 How long can his war Cabinet tolerate Trump's farce? CNN.com Saturday, July 14, 2018 Trump's way: Treating allies like enemies and enemies like allies, CNN.com Wednesday, July 04, 2018 July Fourth terror plot has a back-to-the-future feel, CNN.com Friday, June 22, 2018 Seven years after Obama's 'worst mistake,' Libya killing is rampant, CNN.com Tuesday, June 12, 2018 How Obama's team lost its innocence, CNN.com MORE ARTICLES »

Congressional Testimony/Reports

September, 2017

Jihadist Terrorism Sixteen Years After 9/11: A Threat Assessment

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

US House Committee on Homeland Security, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee

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BOOKS

Manhunt:
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.

 

ABOUT PETER Bergen

Biography Photo: CNN-Brent Stirton

Peter Bergen is a journalist, author, documentary producer and Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America; 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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, August, 21, 2018 Modern Warfare Symposium, Global SOF, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Friday, September, 07, 2018 DARPA D60 Symposium, Washington DC

Wednesday, September, 26, 2018 Global SOF Symposium, Madrid, Spain

Wednesday, October, 03, 2018 Counterterrorism in 2020: Future prospects and challenges, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, November, 13, 2018 Proxy warfare conference, Global SOF, New America, ASU, New America DC

Wednesday, March, 06, 2019 Global SOF Forum, Tampa, Florida

Monday, April, 29, 2019 Future of war conf, DC

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RECENT FILMS

2017

LEGION OF BROTHERS, CNN Films

2016

"We Got Him": President Obama, Bin Laden, and the Future of the War on Terror, CNN

2016

Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, HBO

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