Don’t count on a peace deal with Taliban By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst May 24, 2011 1:32 p.m. EDT STORY HIGHLIGHTS Peter Bergen says hopes of a peace deal with Taliban are unlikely to be realized He cites nine obstacles standing in the way of a negotiated settlement He says Taliban’s Mullah Omar […]

  CQ Congressional Testimony May 24, 2011 Tuesday EXTREMIST GROUPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN; COMMITTEE: SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS SECTION: CAPITOL HILL HEARING TESTIMONY LENGTH: 7278 words TESTIMONY-BY: PETER BERGEN, DIRECTOR AFFILIATION: NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION Statement of Peter Bergen Director of the National Security Studies Program New America Foundation Committee on Senate Foreign Relations May 24, […]

Egyptian Saif al-Adel appointed acting leader of al Qaeda By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst May 17, 2011 3:40 p.m. EDT The choice of Egyptian Saif al-Adel may not sit well with some Saudi and Yemeni members of al Qaeda, one experts says. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Noman Benotman says Saif al-Adel is the "caretaker" leader […]

News > Life > Reading and Books Robert Kustra: ‘The Longest War’ offers essential account of the conflict between U.S. and Al-Qaeda READER’S CORNER  – Idaho Statesman Published: 05/15/11 0 Comments Email Story close Email Story   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ‘THE LONGEST WAR: THE ENDURING CONFLICT BETWEEN AMERICA AND AL-QAEDA’ By Peter L. Bergen; Free Press ($28) The world has been […]

The Crossroads Can we win in Afghanistan?   The death of Osama bin Laden will raise the inevitable question: What are we still doing in Afghanistan? The answer, of course, is that the mission in Afghanistan is about something bigger and more ambitious than eliminating Al Qaeda’s leaders—most of whom, in any event, are probably […]

    Five myths about Osama bin Laden By Peter Bergen, Published: May 6   Few individuals in recent history have exerted greater influence on world events than Osama bin Laden — and even fewer have inspired as much mythology. From the origins of the al-Qaeda terrorist network to the devastation of Sept. 11, 2001, to […]

Bin Laden’s poisonous ideology began to wither on 9/11 By Peter Bergen May 8, 2011 — Updated 0125 GMT (0925 HKT) Despite his reputation for shyness and diffidence, Osama bin Laden ran al-Qaeda as a dictatorship, Peter Bergen says. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Bush had predicted al-Qaeda’s destiny in "history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies" Some in […]

Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state, said last week that the death of Osama Bin Laden, while important, does not mean the end of the terrorist threat: “Al-Qaeda is still out there. There’s a No 2, Zawahiri, who is out there, I’m certain, plotting.” Ayman al-Zawahiri is a dour Egyptian surgeon in his […]

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011 Remembering Tim Hetherington

  FEATURE PRINT  |   TEXT SIZE        |  EMAIL  |  SINGLE PAGE Remembering Tim Hetherington The gentleman behind the lens. BY PETER BERGEN | APRIL 20, 2011 The first words that were used to describe Tim Hetherington by almost anybody who knew him were "humble" and "modest." Yet, Tim was a guy of great […]

‘Three Cups of Tea’: Served with a grain of salt? By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst April 18, 2011 — Updated 0109 GMT (0909 HKT) 60 Minutes (CNN) — Greg Mortenson, the high-profile advocate of girls’ education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been forced to defend his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea: One […]