Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen

Homeland Security Group Member, Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

Peter Bergen is a print, television and Web journalist, documentary producer, think tank director, and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named among the non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty languages. He is the director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C.; a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and CNN’s national security analyst.  He is the editor of the AfPak Channel and AfPak Daily Brief, joint online publications of Foreign Policy magazine and the New America Foundation that can be found at www.foreignpolicy.com/afpak.

Bergen is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field, and has testified before multiple congressional committees about Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, drones and other terrorism-related issues. He is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and also of the Aspen Homeland Security Group. 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 where he taught graduate students courses in his areas of expertise: Al-Qaeda and allied groups and U.S. national security.

His most recent book, a New York Times bestseller, is Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to AbbottabadThe book was translated into eight languages and HBO produced a documentary based upon it. The film, for which Bergen is the executive producer, was in the Sundance Film 2013 competition. It received an Emmy for best documentary. The Washington Post, named Manhunt one of the best non-fiction books of 2012 and The Guardian named it one of the key books on Islamist extremism. The Sunday Times (UK) named it the best current affairs book of 2012 and The Times (UK) named it one of the best non-fiction books of 2012. The book was awarded the Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan award for best non-fiction book of 2012 on international affairs.

Bergen has reported on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, homeland security and countries around the Middle East for a range of American newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, TIME, and Vanity Fair. Bergen is a contributing editor at The New Republic and at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. And he has worked as a correspondent or producer for multiple documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery and CNN. In 1997, as a producer for CNN, Bergen produced bin Laden’s first television interview, in which he declared war against the United States for the first time to a Western audience.