Gretchen Peters is the author of "Seeds of Terror," an international bestseller that traces the role the opium trade has played in three decades of conflict in Afghanistan. Peters, who seeks to reshape how people define the many insurgent and terror groups operating in the "AfPak" region, spent five years researching and writing the book with the help of local reporters. Together, they surveyed and interviewed hundreds of Taliban fighters, extremists, smugglers, law enforcement officials and intelligence agents. Peters also authored a policy report on the Taliban and the opium trade for the United States Institute of Peace, and covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for The Associated Press and later as an award-winning reporter 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 has become a regular commentator on NPR, CNN and countless other radio and television programs. In spring 2010, she will enter the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver to pursue a graduate degree combining security studies and criminal justice.