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URW 2009 Speakers



  Bruce Hoffman
  Georgetown University
 

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than 30 years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. From 2001-04, he served as RAND’s Vice President for External Affairs, and in 2004, he also was Acting Director of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy. Professor Hoffman was an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq during the spring of 2004 and from 2004-05 was an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. He was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group.

Professor Hoffman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch, New York, NY and a member of the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs Home Team Academy Advisory Panel. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.; a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; a Senior Fellow at the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University, Israel; a Distinguished Fellow and Senior Advisor on International Security Programs at the Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; a Visiting Professor at the University of Sergio Arboleda, Bogota, Colombia; a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Counterterrorism, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel; and, a Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Hoffman 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. Professor Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the leading scholarly journal in the field and a member of the advisory boards of Terrorism and Political Violence and the Review of International Studies. He is also on the advisory board of the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists and of Our Voices Together: September 11 Friends and Families to Help Build a Safer, More Compassionate World.

He holds degrees in government, history, and international relations and received his doctorate from Oxford University. In November 1994, the Director of Central Intelligence awarded Professor Hoffman the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion the highest level of commendation given to a nongovernment employee, which recognizes sustained superior performance of high value that distinctly benefits the interests and national security of the United States.

A revised and updated edition of his acclaimed 1998 book, Inside Terrorism, was published in May 2006 by Columbia University Press in the U.S. and S. Fischer Verlag in Germany. The first edition has been translated and published in ten countries. The Washington Post described Inside Terrorism as "brilliant" and the "best one volume introduction to the phenomenon" (16 July 2006). He was a Fellow and C. V. Starr Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy of Berlin, Germany during the fall 2006 and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, Australia during the summer 2007.