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Peter Bergen (born December 12, 1962 in Minneapolis) is a print
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 and television
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 journalist
Journalist
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, author
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, and CNN
CNN
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's national security
National security
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 analyst
Analyst
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. Bergen produced the first television interview with Osama Bin Laden
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets...

 in 1997. The interview, which aired on CNN
CNN
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, marked the first time that bin Laden declared war against the United States to a Western audience. Bergen has written three books: Holy War, Inc.
Holy War, Inc.
Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden is a book by CNN investigative journalist and documentarian Peter Bergen.In the book, Bergen documents the life, career, and activities of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden and the jihadist network that he operates, Al-Qaeda...

, The Osama bin Laden I Know
The Osama bin Laden I Know
Peter Bergen's The Osama bin Laden I Know is a book published in 2006. It is a comprehensive collection of personal accounts by people who have met Osama bin Laden or worked with him at various stages of his terrorist career....

,
and The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda (Jan. 2011).

Background


Bergen attended Ampleforth College
Ampleforth College
Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, England, is the largest Roman Catholic co-educational boarding independent school in the United Kingdom. It opened in 1802, as a boys' school, and is run by the Benedictine monks and lay staff of Ampleforth Abbey...

 in North
North
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 Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England and the largest in the United Kingdom. Because of its great size in comparison to other English counties, functions have been increasingly undertaken over time by its subdivisions, which have also been subject to periodic reform...

 before receiving an Open Scholarship to New College, Oxford
New College, Oxford
New College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.- Overview :The College's official name, College of St Mary, is the same as that of the older Oriel College; hence, it has been referred to as the "New College of St Mary", and is now almost always...

, in 1981 where he earned an M.A.
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
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 in Modern History
Modern history
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.

Career


Bergen is the director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation
New America Foundation
The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead....

, a non-partisan think tank
Think tank
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 in Washington, DC. He is also a research fellow at New York University
New York University
New York University is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City. NYU's main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan...

's Center on Law and Security and CNN's national security analyst. In 2008 he was an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Harvard University
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, and an adjunct professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies , a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's leading and most prestigious graduate schools devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and...

 at Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University, commonly referred to as Johns Hopkins, JHU, or simply Hopkins, is a private research university based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States...

 between 2003 and 2007.

Bergen is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and has testified before several congressional committees, including the House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

 Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is a member of the National Security Preparedness Group, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and is the co-editor of the AfPak Channel, a joint publication of Foreign Policy (magazine) and the New America Foundation
New America Foundation
The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead....

.

He was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award
Edward R. Murrow Award
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 from the Overseas Press Club
Overseas Press Club
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 in 1994. His first book, Holy War, Inc.
Holy War, Inc.
Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden is a book by CNN investigative journalist and documentarian Peter Bergen.In the book, Bergen documents the life, career, and activities of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden and the jihadist network that he operates, Al-Qaeda...

 has been translated in 18 languages, and both it and his second book, The Osama bin Laden I Know
The Osama bin Laden I Know
Peter Bergen's The Osama bin Laden I Know is a book published in 2006. It is a comprehensive collection of personal accounts by people who have met Osama bin Laden or worked with him at various stages of his terrorist career....

, were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post. Documentaries based on both books were nominated for Emmys in 2002 and 2007. His most recent book is The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (Free Press
Free Press (publisher)
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, Jan. 2011), it is an encompassing overview of the war on terror
War on Terror
The War on Terror is a term commonly applied to an international military campaign led by the United States and the United Kingdom with the support of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as well as non-NATO countries...

.

Bergen has reported on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and counterterrorism and homeland security for a range of American newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....

, Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs is an American magazine and website on international relations and U.S. foreign policy published since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations six times annually...

, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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, Time
Time (magazine)
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, The Nation
The Nation
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, The National Interest
The National Interest
The National Interest is a prominent conservative American bi-monthly international affairs magazine published by the Center for the National Interest. It was founded in 1985 by Irving Kristol and until 2001 was edited by Anglo-Australian Owen Harries...

, Mother Jones
Mother Jones (magazine)
Mother Jones is an American independent news organization, featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture. Mother Jones has been nominated for 23 National Magazine Awards and has won six times, including for General Excellence in 2001,...

, Newsweek
Newsweek
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, and Vanity Fair
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. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic
The New Republic
The magazine has also published two articles concerning income inequality, largely criticizing conservative economists for their attempts to deny the existence or negative effect increasing income inequality is having on the United States...

. His story on extraordinary rendition for Mother Jones was part of a package of stories nominated for a 2008 National Magazine Award
National Magazine Award
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. He has also written for newspapers and magazines around the world such as The Guardian
The Guardian
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, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, International Herald Tribune
International Herald Tribune
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, Prospect magazine, El Mundo (Spain)
El Mundo (Spain)
El Mundo is the second largest printed and the largest digital daily newspaper in Spain and one of the newspapers of record in that country, with a daily circulation topping 300,000 readers for the printed edition and 24 million unique web visitors per month for the...

, La Repubblica
La Repubblica
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, The National (Abu Dhabi)
The National (Abu Dhabi)
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, and Die Welt
Die Welt
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. He has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic Television and Discovery Television, and CNN. On May 2, 2011, shortly after it was reported that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Bergen stated on CNN, "Killing bin Laden is the end of the War on Terror. We can just sort of announce that right now."

He is married to the documentary director/producer Tresha Mabile.

Further reading

  • Bergen, Peter, Holy War, Inc., Free Press; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (May 28, 2002), ISBN 0743234952
  • Bergen, Peter, The Osama bin Laden I Know (an Oral History) - Peter Bergen, Free Press (August 8, 2006), ISBN 978-0743278928
  • Bergen, Peter, The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and al-Qaeda - Peter Bergen - Free Press (January 1, 2011) ISBN 978-0743278935

External links

  • PeterBergen.com
  • Faculty page at School of Advanced International Studies
    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
    The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies , a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's leading and most prestigious graduate schools devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and...

     (SAIS)
  • Biography page at the New America Foundation
    New America Foundation
    The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead....

  • List of publications at the New America Foundation
    New America Foundation
    The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead....

  • The Year of the Drone at the New America Foundation
    New America Foundation
    The New America Foundation is a non-profit public policy institute and think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Ted Halstead, Sherle Schwenninger, Michael Lind and Walter Russell Mead....

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