Gretchen Peters


played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. With the help of local reporters, she spent five years researching Seeds of Terror, combing through archives and surveying and interviewing Taliban fighters, smugglers, law enforcement officials, diplomats and intelligence agents.

Peters also authored a policy report on the Taliban and the opium trade for the U.S. Institute of Peace, and published a report entitled Crime and Insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan with West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. She authored a chapter in Decoding the New Taliban. She has done presentations on her work at the Pentagon, the State Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Special Operations Command, and a variety of universities, among other places. Her editorials have been published in the New York Times and Foreign Policy.

A former journalist, Peters covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for The Associated Press and later for ABC News. She has worked with other leading media outlets including The National Geographic Society, The Christian Science Monitor and The New Republic, and is a regular commentator on NPR, CNN, BBC and numerous other radio and television programs. She lives in Denver with her husband, Pulitzer prize-winning photographer John Moore and their two children. Peters completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and is currently a Sie International Security Fellow in the graduate program at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.

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