The recent tragic attacks in Paris and San Bernardino provide fresh evidence that “homegrown” terrorism is a real and present danger. In UNITED STATES OF JIHAD: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists (Crown; February 2, 2016), Peter Bergen offers an unprecedented look at the factors that lead to the radicalization of American citizens and offers expert insights into the shape of the threat confronting us.
For over two decades, CNN national security analyst and New York Times bestselling author Peter Bergen has been our foremost chronicler of Islamist terrorism, through groundbreaking reporting on the Middle East, al-Qaeda, and homeland security. Since 9/11, more than 300 Americans have been indicted or convicted on charges of Islamist terrorism. With hometowns in New Mexico and New Jersey, Minnesota and Alabama, dozens of American citizens have sought to join overseas terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and more recently ISIS. Among those who have succeeded, some have risen to positions of deadly influence. Who are these individuals? What motivates them? And what can be done to stem the tide of extremism?
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Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
Vice President, Director, International Security, Future of War, and Fellows Programs, New America
Author, United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists
Professor and Director of the Security Studies Program, Georgetown University