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Bruce Hoffman

Professor at Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations


Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. He is a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where he directs the Center for Jewish Civilization and for seven years was the director of both its Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Master of Arts Programme. Bruce co-founded and was the first director of St Andrews University’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, where he is also visiting professor of terrorism studies. He is currently the Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis senior fellow for counter-terrorism and homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations. Bruce previously held the corporate chair in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency at the RAND Corporation, where he was also director of the Washington office, vice president for external affairs and acting director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy.

Bruce was appointed by the US Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission. He has been scholar in residence for counter-terrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency, adviser on counter-terrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, and adviser on counter-insurgency to Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. His most recent books include Inside Terrorism (3rd edition, 2017), Anonymous Soldiers (2015) and The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014).