"United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists"

"United States of Jihad: Investigating America

With journalist and author Peter Bergen

Monday, March 07, 2016
12:00 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1357
Los Angeles, CA 90095


PODCAST: To listen to the podcast from the lecture click here.



PETER BERGEN is a print, television and web journalist, documentary producer, think tank director, and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and three of which were named among the non-fiction books of the year by the Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty languages and have been turned into three documentaries, two of which were nominated for Emmys and one of which won an Emmy.

He is Vice President, Director of the Fellows Programs and the International Security Program at New America in Washington D.C.; Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University where he is the co-director of the Center on the Future of War; CNN’s national security analyst and a fellow at Fordham University’s Center on National Security. Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad, was Bergen's most recent New York Times bestseller. The book was translated into eight languages and HBO produced a documentary based upon it.



United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists

The book is a riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism, from 9/11 to the present. Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty US citizens have sought to join ISIS. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, and in San Bernardino. What motivates them, how are they trained, and what do we sacrifice in our efforts to track them?



DR. ERROLL G. SOUTHERS is the Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies for the Safe Communities Institute at the USC Price School of Public Policy. He previously served as Director of Transition and Research Deployment at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary, and he was also California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security.

Currently, Dr. Southers holds roles throughout the international counterterrorism and national security arena, including: Visiting Fellow and member of the Professional Advisory Board of the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel; a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project; a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs; and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) at Rutgers University. He is also the Managing Director of the Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection Division for TAL Global Corporation, an international security consulting firm.


Sponsor(s): , Political Science, International & Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at UCLA School of Law