Peter Bergen

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

Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, vice president at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of seven books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four 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.

Bergen also serves as New America’s director of the International Security and Future of War programs. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for He is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group and a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security. Bergen is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field. He has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. For many years he was a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. He has testified on Capitol Hill seventeen times about national security issues.

In 2011 he published The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda. The book 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. HBO based the film “Manhunt” on the book, which won the 2013 Emmy for best documentary. In 2013 he published Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion, a collection of essays about the Taliban that Bergen co-edited. In 2014 he published Drone Wars, a collection of essays about drone warfare that Bergen co-edited. In 2016, he published United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists and HBO adapted the book for the documentary film “Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma.” 

Bergen has hosted, produced, or executive produced multiple documentaries for HBO, CNN, National Geographic, and Discovery. Bergen co-produced CNN Films’ Legion of Brothers, which premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and will be released theatrically in May 2017. Bergen produced the first television interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997. The interview, which aired on CNN, marked the first time that bin Laden declared war against the United States to a Western audience.

Bergen has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Time, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Prospect, La Repubblica, Die Welt and Der Spiegel. He has a degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford. 

Bergen is married to the documentary director/producer Tresha Mabile. They have two children.

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Kushner and MBS: A Tale of Two Princes

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the relationship between Jared Kushner, President Trump, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jared Kushner Just Joined a Really Big Club

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the ramifications of the decision to downgrade Jared Kushner's security clearance.

Our Long War With Jihadist Terrorism Started This Way, Exactly 25 Years Ago

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the legacy of the 1993 terror attack on the World Trade Center.

Trump Has Scored Some Successes in Foreign Policy

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about some unacknowledged successes of President Trump's foreign policy.

Trump's New Strategy: Russia Is an Actual Threat

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN analyzing President Trump's newly released national security strategy.

Bergen: It wasn't Trump but this general's elite soldiers who defeated ISIS

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the role Iraqi Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi and his Golden Division troops had in defeating ISIS.

Bergen: Amateur Terrorists Can Kill, Too

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the suspect behind the failed Manhattan bomb plot

America's Unyielding Plague of Gun Violence

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the ongoing problem of gun violence in America.

Justice was served in the Bergdahl case

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the fairness of the outcome in the trial of Bowe Bergdahl.

In New York, Terrorists' Tactic of Choice Strikes Near Scene of 9/11

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the use of vehicles by terrorists, as in the recent attack in Manhattan.

Bergen: War Against ISIS Goes Global

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the history and implications of the war on terror's global reach.

No, Trump Didn't Defeat ISIS

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about President Trump and ISIS.