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Bruce Hoffman

Global Fellow


    September 1, 2013 — December 31, 2019

    Professional affiliation

    Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Visiting Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Fellow, U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center

    Full Biography

    Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and until recently was director of its Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program. Hoffman is also visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation, where he was also director of RAND’s Washington Office and vice president for external affairs. Hoffman was appointed by the U.S. Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission and has been Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency; adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; and, an adviser on counterinsurgency to Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq. Hoffman’s most recent books include The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014); Anonymous Soldiers (2015); and, Inside Terrorism (3rd edition, 2017). Hoffman is currently a Wilson Center Global Fellow, a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.

    Major Publications

    • Inside Terrorism (Columbia Univ. Press, 2006)
    • "Cell Phones in the Hindu Kush," The National Interest, no. 96 (July/August 2008)
    • "Reports of al-Qaeda's Death May Be Greatly Exaggerated," InSITE: Newsletter of the SITE Intelligence Group (June 2008)

    Previous Terms

    Distinguished Scholar, May 1, 2012 - Jan 31, 2013, "Anonymous Soldiers: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Palestine and the Rise of Israel" Public Policy Scholar, January 2010-May 2010, "Jewish Terrorism in Palestine, 1939-1947"