Pakistan is in many ways the central front of the war on terror. US officials say that both the Taliban and al Qaeda are headquartered there. Al Qaeda directed the 2005 attacks on London’s transportation system which killed 52 commuters from Pakistan. The unsuccessful 2006 plot to bring down ten American airliners with liquid explosives in the United Kingdom was hatched in Pakistan, and the alleged terrorists who planned to attack an American air force base in Germany last year trained in Pakistan

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 Who Killed Benazir?

The last time I saw Benazir Bhutto was over dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., three weeks before her October return to Pakistan. She was in enormously good spirits, almost effervescent. The years in the political wilderness looked like they were coming to an end. But, at one point, the conversation took a more serious turn as she began discussing the mysterious death of General Zia, the dictator who had hanged her father in 1979.

Saturday, Dec 29, 2007 Al Qaeda and Assassinations

The Pakistani government says that a Pakistan-based Taliban commander with links to al Qaeda is behind the Bhutto assassination. This would not be the first time that groups affiliated with al Qaeda have mounted, or attempted, assassinations against important political figures around the Muslim world.

Friday, Dec 28, 2007 On the Road: Pakistan

We are at JFK airport on the way to Pakistan to report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto who I first met in 1989 when she was Prime Minister. I was then a young associate producer for ABC News 20/20 and we interviewed her for a story on the legal status of women in Pakistan. She was beautiful and intelligent and had the air of someone who is rarely contradicted.

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2007 Poll: Most Saudis Oppose al Qaeda

Most Saudi Arabia citizens interviewed in a poll oppose terrorism and want closer ties with the United States. But many Saudis remain opposed to making peace with Israel, according to what researchers call an unprecedented survey of the kingdom.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2007 Saudis arrest more than 200 militants

From Peter Bergen (CNN) — More than 200 Saudi and foreign militants have been arrested over their alleged involvement in various plots, including assassinations and a planned attack on an oil facility, Saudi officials say. Militants were alleged to have plotted an attack on an oil facility such as this one in the Eastern Province. […]

The road between the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad and the Pakistani border is one of the busiest in the country, congested with gaily painted trucks, battered taxis, buses packed to the rafters and Afghans riding bikes. One morning in early March, a suicide bomber plowed a Toyota packed with explosives into the middle of a U.S. convoy patrolling that road, killing himself and injuring a Marine. That was bad enough, but what may be the key to Afghanistan’s future was what happened next

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2007 Pakistan Nightmare Scenario

PETER BERGEN, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST (voice-over): It is the Bush administration’s greatest fear: Today’s Pakistan will become tomorrow’s pre-9/11 Afghanistan, a lawless home base for extremists, where al Qaeda can regroup to plot and prepare future large-scale terrorist attacks.

Tuesday, Nov 06, 2007 Al Qaeda in Iraq

A gathering threat from Iraq, a safe haven for Al Qaeda; stockpiles of chemical weapons in the hands of forces deeply hostile to the United States; Iraqi terrorist groups capable of attacking American allies and even, perhaps, the homeland itself. That was the utterly false portrait of Iraq that the Bush administration painted in constructing a rationale to invade the country in March 2003

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007 Al Qaeda: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

A gathering threat from Iraq, a safe haven for Al Qaeda; stockpiles of chemical weapons in the hands of forces hostile to the United States; Iraqi terrorist groups capable of attacking American allies and even, perhaps, the homeland itself.


Monday, February, 19, 2018 2018 Global SOF Symposium, Tampa, Florida

Thursday, February, 22, 2018 The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the Tragedy in Vietnam. Max Boot book event, New America DC

Monday, February, 26, 2018 Preventing the Next Charlottesville: How Governments Can Respond to Private Paramilitaries.” New America DC

Monday, April, 09, 2018 Future of War conference, ASU and New America, Reagan Building, DC

Wednesday, July, 18, 2018 Aspen Security Forum

Tuesday, August, 21, 2018 Modern Warfare Symposium, Ft. Bragg

Thursday, September, 06, 2018 DARPA D60 Symposium

Tuesday, September, 25, 2018 Global SOF Symposium, Madrid, Spain




2016 "We Got Him": President Obama, Bin Laden, and the Future of the War on Terror, CNN

2016 Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, HBO