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2016 Fall Summit


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Keynote Speaker

bergen-peter-promopic.jpgPeter Bergen
CNN National Security Analyst and Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

Award-winning journalist and producer Peter Bergen is one of the nation's foremost authorities on foreign policy, national security, and the new generation of terrorism that threatens the West and its economic interests. CNN's national security analyst, he is one of the few people to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face and the best-selling and award-winning author of five books. His latest is United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists, following up his New York Times best-seller Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – From 9/11 to Abbottabad. It was named one of the "Best Non-Fiction Books of 2012" by the Washington Post and made into an Emmy-winning HBO documentary.

When Bergen reports on national security, Congress, the White House, and those who need to be "in-the-know" sit up and listen. He has traveled repeatedly to the Middle East and South Asia and testified before multiple congressional committees on national security and terrorism-related issues. He is heavily connected in the geopolitical world, having interviewed President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Congressmen, senior military officers around the globe, and more. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Bergen offers audiences a straight-from-the-source, insider's perspective our nation's growing geopolitical challenges and how they have the potential to affect American business.

Best-Selling Books and Writing. In addition to United States of Jihad and Manhunt, Bergen is also the author of New York Times best-seller The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (2011), which was called "one of the most important accounts on the subject to appear in years" by the New York Times. He also wrote the New York Times best-seller Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know, both of which were named one of the best non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post and turned into Emmy-nominated documentaries.

Bergen has written on national security issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, and many, many other domestic and international publications. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. He has also worked as a correspondent or producer for multiple documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery, CNN and HBO.

National Security Expertise. Bergen is a member of the Homeland Security Project, a successor to the 9/11 Commission. He also serves as the director of the international security program at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, and is a research fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security. He is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies and has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, a leading scholarly journal in the field.