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Bruce Hoffman

Global Fellow
International Security Studies

Contact Information:
Security and Defense
Middle East and North Africa
Palestinian Authority
Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
Sep 01, 2013
Sep 30, 2015

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty-five years. 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.  He was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and from 2004-2005 an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad.  Professor Hoffman was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group.  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 non-government employee. 

He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006).  While at the Center, he will be working on his forthcoming book, Anonymous Soldiers: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Palestine and the Rise of Israel, which will be published in 2013.


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 at the Wilson Center:
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"

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