Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon: Beyond Abbottabad: After Bin Laden and the New Face of Global Terrorism

  • May 30, 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Fairmont Hotel, 510 Market St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

The May 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan officially ended the decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader. In his speech to the American people announcing bin Laden’s death, U.S. President Barack Obama declared Operation Neptune Spear’s success “the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s efforts to defeat al-Qaeda.” The events of May 2 and their mid- to long-term implications will remain a topic of discussion for years to come.

Since bin Laden’s death, the manhunt for the world’s most notorious terrorist has been popularized in print, television, and in Hollywood. The recently-released HBO documentary, Manhunt, is based on Mr. Bergen’s latest bookandfollows the CIA insiders who tracked down bin Laden. From personal accounts of those who were in the Abbottabad compound to the version rendered in the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, the journey leading to the Abbottabad operation was long and arduous undefined and fascinating.

September 11, 2001, and May 2, 2011, are two seminal dates seared in the American national consciousness, but what really happened over ten, long years? Join the Council as a leading expert on national security and foreign policy examines the fact and fiction behind the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Peter Bergen is the foremost authority on foreign policy, national security, and the new generation of terrorism. He is one of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden.  In addition to serving as CNN's terrorism analyst, he is the New York Timesbest-selling author of Holy War, Inc.Mr. Bergen serves as the Director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C., where he leads the Foundation's analysis of terrorism, counterinsurgency, South Asia’s geopolitics, and other national security concerns. His latest book, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden: From 9/11 to Abbottabad,was first published in 2012 and was the basis for an HBO documentary which aired on May 1, 2013.

At this event, the Council will present the Donald E. Farr and George C. Oehmler Awards to an outstanding high school student and teacher in connection with the Council’s education programs.

Council Members: $50 | Non-Members: $65 | VIP: $75 | Table of eight (8): $400

VIPs receive a signed copy of Manhunt, VIP seating, and an invitation to a reception prior to the luncheon. VIP registration is closed.

Participants must register to attend. No-shows and cancellations after May 27, 2013 will be charged.

Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Online registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7055.

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