Peter L Bergen

Peter L Bergen

Peter Bergen is vice president of New America in Washington, DC, and a CNN national security commentator, where he writes a weekly online blog. He is also a professor and codirector of Arizona State University's Institute on the Future of Conflict, and has taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Bergen has written four prior books about terrorism, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named the finest nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post. His novels have been translated into twenty languages and adapted into four films, and his writing has featured in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Time, Foreign Affairs, and Vanity Fair. Bergen staged Osama bin Laden's first broadcast interview in 1997 for CNN, in which bin Laden declared war on the United States for the first time in front of a Western audience. He and his children, Pierre and Grace, live in Washington, DC, with his wife, documentary filmmaker Tresha Mabile.