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Professor for Security Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2006

Bruce Hoffman is Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. He formerly held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, DC office. From 2001 to 2004, Hoffman served as RAND’s Vice President for External Affairs and in 2004 he was also Acting Director of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy.


Hoffman was Senior Adviser on Counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq during the spring of 2004 and from 2004-2005 was an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. Hoffman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, US Military Academy, West Point, NY; an Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow at the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University, Israel; and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was also Reader in International Relations and Chairman of the Department of International Relations. Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and a member of the advisory board of Terrorism and Political Violence.


In November 1994, the Director of Central Intelligence awarded Hoffman the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the highest level of commendation given to a non-government employee.

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