The Great Issues Committee will host Peter Bergen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Wool Ballrooms in Busch Student Center. Bergen will discuss whether American values such as pluralism, tolerance, and democratic values triumph in the Muslim world, or if Osama Bin Laden's dark vision of Taliban-like regimes will prevail.
With Bergen's experience as a journalist in the Middle East and personal interview with Osama Bin Laden, he brings research and personal experience together to tell the story of the man that the United States hunted down for ten years. His speech will address the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the effects of the war on America and the Middle East. Is it safe for America to declare victory, or is there still work to be done?
Bergen has written on national security issues for the New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. He has worked as a correspondent or producer for several documentaries that have aired on National Geographic, Discovery and CNN. He has also written a number of books on security and the Middle East including Holy War, Inc., The Longest War, and Manhunt. Following the event, Mr. Bergen will be signing his latest book, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Osama Bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad.
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