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Keynote Speaker

bergen-peter-promopic.jpgPeter Bergen
Schwartz senior fellow, New America Foundation
Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Terrorism Analyst, CNN

Peter Bergen is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C; an Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; CNN's terrorism analyst and author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden. (Free Press, 2001). Holy War, Inc. was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. A documentary based on Holy War, Inc., which aired on National Geographic television, was nominated for an Emmy in the research category.

His most recent book is The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader (Free Press, 2006). The book is being translated into French, Spanish, Arabic and Polish, and CNN produced a two hour documentary In the Footsteps of bin Laden based on the book that aired around the fifth anniversary of 9/11. Bergen is one of the producers of the CNN documentary. Former White House counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke, reviewing The Osama bin Laden I Know in the Washington Post wrote “What made [Bin Laden] into history's most successful terrorist? Peter L. Bergen has written what will long be a "go-to" resource for those seeking answers to such questions.... The result is a detailed, well-researched narrative that persuasively answers dozens of questions that are still painfully relevant...[a] fine volume.”

Bergen has written about al Qaeda and terrorism for a variety of publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, TIME, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Washington Times, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Prospect. He has also worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television and the Discovery channel for documentaries about terrorism. He is on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the leading scholarly journal in the field.

In 1997, as a producer for CNN, Bergen produced bin Laden's first television interview. He was the recipient of the Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship 2000 for Holy War, Inc, and in 1994 he won the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow award for best foreign affairs documentary for the CNN program Kingdom of Cocaine. Bergen is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

From mid 1998 to late 1999 Bergen worked as a correspondent-producer for CNN. He was program editor for CNN Impact, a co-production of CNN and TIME, from 1997 to 1998. Previously he worked for CNN as a producer on a wide variety of international and U.S. national stories. From 1985 to 1990 he worked for ABC News in New York.

Bergen received a B.A. in Modern History from New College, Oxford University in 1984. He was born in Minneapolis in 1962 and was raised in London.