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What the debaters failed to say By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 1937 GMT (0337 HKT) September 27, 2016 Story highlights Peter Bergen: Very little attention was devoted to Afghanistan and Syria, two of the biggest challenges facing the new president Debate wasted time on whether Trump was for the Iraq War before […]

An ordinary American terrorist By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 1:54 PM ET, Tue September 20, 2016 Story highlights Ahmad Khan Rahami is in many ways quite typical of jihadist terrorists in the United States since 9/11, writes Peter Bergen. He is an American citizen, not a foreigner, a refugee or a recent […]

Hamid Karzai: Afghanistan’s bridge-building president or just a corrupt pol? Hamid Karzai was first hailed as a new kind of Afghan leader — urbane and educated — but Western opinions of him soon soured. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) By Peter Bergen September 15 Peter Bergen, a vice president at New America, a professor at Arizona State University and CNN’s […]

9/11: Osama bin Laden’s spectacular miscalculation By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 4:53 AM ET, Fri September 9, 2016  Story highlights For Osama bin Laden, September 11 was a great tactical victory but a huge strategic failure, writes Peter Bergen 15 years later, US still embroiled in the Mideast, despite bin Laden’s aim of […]

Trump’s half-baked plans to combat ISIS By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 8:28 PM ET, Mon August 15, 2016 fallujah ISIS Story highlights Donald Trump spoke in Ohio on Monday about his vision for fighting Islamic extremism Peter Bergen: Many of his ideas the Obama administration has long been doing, and the new […]

No, Obama was not the ‘founder’ of ISIS Peter Bergen By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 4:38 PM ET, Thu August 11, 2016 Peter Bergen says Donald Trump is wrong: President Obama and Hillary Clinton are not the founders of ISIS. Obama has been responsible for the serious reversals ISIS is suffering on […]

Clinton vs. Trump as commander in chief: A world of difference Peter Bergen By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 9:41 AM ET, Sun July 31, 2016 Hillary Clinton: Imagine Donald Trump facing a real crisis Hillary Clinton: Imagine Donald Trump facing a real crisis 01:00 Story highlights Peter Bergen says Hillary Clinton drew […]

Normandy, Istanbul, Dhaka, Nice, Baghdad, Orlando: WHY? Peter Bergen By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Updated 5:53 PM ET, Tue July 26, 2016 Peter Bergen: Recent terrorist attacks have claimed lives in France, Iraq, Bangladesh and the U.S., among other countries He says the problems that give rise to terrorism are deep and will […]

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 America the weak? CNN.com

America the weak? By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst Story highlights Peter Bergen: GOP convention’s vision of “making America safe” is at odds with reality This false national security narrative obscures our true vulnerabilities, he says “Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice […]

Terrorism: The jihad-crime nexus By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst and Van Schuster Updated 2:14 PM ET, Sun July 17, 2016   Story highlights Peter Bergen: Many of those behind terror attacks in Europe shared criminal background Conditions in French prisons incubated the radicalization of many terrorists, he says Peter Bergen is CNN’s national […]