Wednesday, September, 27, 2017

MIT Club of Washington

Dinner and Talk
Peter Bergen
Vice President at New America

The Future of Terrorism
What we know then, now and Future Expectations.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6:30 PM
Kenwood Golf & Country Club, 5601 River Rd, Bethesda, MD

The MIT Club of Washington cordially invites you to an exciting and stimulating evening with a talk by Mr. Peter Bergen on The Future of Terrorism. Peter Bergen is Vice President at New America, a Journalist, Documentary Producer, CNN National Security Analyst, and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. Peter will focus on what we know then about terrorism, what we know now, and future expectations. He will discuss the state of the current jihadist terrorist threat to the United States; an assessment of how ISIS is doing; an examination of what the big drivers of jihadist terrorism are; a discussion of some future trends in terrorism, and, finally, what can be done to reduce the threat from jihadist terrorists? He will evaluate the architects of current terrorism, adaptive capabilities, and the application of new technologies.

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. 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.

He has a degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford. 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.