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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On Iran Deal, Trump Courts Another Fiasco like Repealing Obamacare

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the Iran deal.

Today's Terrorism Didn't Start with 9/11 -- It Started with the '90s

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the history of terrorism.

America, the Lethal

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about gun violence in the United States.

Bergen: Saudi Women Driving a Sign Bigger Change Is Coming

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN, putting Saudi Arabia's decision to let women drive in the context of broader changes in Saudi society

Trump's New Travel Ban Still Doesn't Fly

Peter Bergen and David Sterman wrote for CNN about Trump's new travel ban, citing Jihadist Terrorism After 9/11.

Film Looks at How U.S. Special Forces Toppled the Taliban

Legion of Brothers, a film directed by National Fellow Greg Barker and produced by Peter Bergen, was covered on CNN.

Is Trump Right about Cutting off the Internet to Prevent Terror Attacks?

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about how the Internet impacts terrorist attacks and how it can prevent them.

Jihadist Terrorism 16 Years after 9/11: A Threat Assessment

On the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, we assess the current scope of the jihadist terrorism threat.

16 Years after 9/11: The State of the Terrorist Threat

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the state of terrorism 16 years after September 11, 2011, drawing on data from ISP's recent report.

For Trump's Generals, This Is Personal

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about why Afghanistan is deeply personal for Trump's generals.

U.S. Sees 300 Violent Attacks Inspired by Far Right Every Year

Peter Bergen appeared on PBS Newshour to discuss terrorist attacks carried out by right-wing extremists in America.

Charlottesville Killing Was an Act of Domestic Terrorism

Peter Bergen wrote for CNN about the terrorist attack in Charlottesville.