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Peter Bergen

CNN analyst giving Kenan Lecture on Middle East

Peter Bergen, journalist, bestselling author, and director of the national security studies program at the New America Foundation, will give a Kenan Lecture titled “The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims Are Remaking the Middle East” Wednesday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.

Bergen will also sign his most recent book, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. The book is a New York Times bestseller and is being adapted into a theatrical release documentary by HBO. 

Bergen has been a producer and analyst for CNN, and in 1997 he produced Osama bin Laden’s first television interview, in which bin Laden declared war against the United States for the first time to an American audience. He has reported on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, homeland security, and the Middle East for several publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, TIME, and The Atlantic. He has been nominated for an Emmy and a National Magazine Award, and in 1994 he won the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow award for best foreign affairs documentary.

He is the author of two other books, The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader (2006) and Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of bin Laden (2001). He is a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security and previously taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

The lecture is part of Transylvania’s William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture Series and is funded by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
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