Peter Bergen

Vice President, Director of Studies, Director, International Security, Future of War, and Fellows Programs

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Peter Bergen is a print, television and web journalist, documentary producer and the author or editor of five books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty languages. Documentaries based on his books have been nominated for two Emmys and also won the Emmy for best documentary in 2013.

In 2011 he published The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda. Newsweek and The Guardian named Longest War as one of the key books about terrorism of the past decade and it won the Washington Institute’s $30,000 Gold Prize for the best book on the Middle East. In 2012 he published Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. It won the Overseas Press Club award for the best book on international affairs. In 2013 he published Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion, a collection of essays about the Taliban that Bergen co-edited. The New York Review of Books described the book as “a frequently brilliant collection of essays by different experts on the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” He is currently writing a book on “homegrown” terrorism for Crown and co-editing a volume on drones to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.

Mr. Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. He is the editor of the South Asia Channel and South Asia Daily Brief on and is a contributing editor at The New Republic and Foreign Policy and he writes a weekly column for He is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and also of the Aspen Homeland Security Group. In 2008, he was an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and he worked as an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University for several years. For many years he was a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. He has testified on Capitol Hill on a dozen occasions about national security issues. He has a degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford.



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