Monday, April, 18, 2016

Kennedy School, Harvard


Director’s Lunch with Peter Bergen: “United States of Jihad” – RSVP and Confirmation Required

Director’s Seminar
Series: Belfer Center Directors’ Seminar
RSVP required – Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
April 18, 2016
12:15-1:45 p.m.

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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director’s Lunch with Peter Bergen, Vice President, Director of Studies, and Director of the International Security, Future of War, and Fellows Programs at New America.  He will be speaking on his latest book, United States of Jihad.

Peter Bergen is a print, television and web journalist, documentary producer and the author or editor of six books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three 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 in 2013.

In 2011, he published The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-QaedaNewsweek and The Guardian named Longest War as one of the key books about terrorism of the past decade and it 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. In 2013, he published Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics and Religion, a collection of essays about the Taliban that Bergen co-edited.  The New York Review of Books described the book as “a frequently brilliant collection of essays by different experts on the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”  In 2014, he published Drone Wars, a collection of essays about drone warfare that Bergen co-edited.  He is currently writing a book on “homegrown” terrorism for Crown, which will be published in early 2016. HBO is making a documentary based on the book.

Mr. Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University and a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security. He is the editor of the South Asia Channel and South Asia Daily Brief on and is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for  He is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission, and also of the Aspen Homeland Security Group.  In 2008, he was an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and he worked as an adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University for several years.  For many years he was a fellow at New York University’s Center on Law and Security.  He has testified on Capitol Hill on more than a dozen occasions about national security issues. He has a degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford.

As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Seminars are strictly off-the-record. By requesting to attend the seminar, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center’s strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the lunch. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.


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