Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman
208 Mortara


Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly four decades.  He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is also the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program.  In addition, he is visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland.  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 recently appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization.  Professor Hoffman 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.  He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006).  His forthcoming books, The Evolving Global Terrorist Threat: Cases From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death will be published in 2014, and Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947, in 2015.

Areas of Expertise: Terrorism and counterterrorism; insurgency and counter-insurgency.

  • D. Phil. (1986) Oxford University, International Relations
  • B. Phil. (1978) Oxford University, International Relations
  • A.B. (1976) Connecticut College, Government, History



Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, forthcoming 2015).

The Evolving Global Terrorist Threat: Cases From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2014), co-edited.

Moles, Defectors, And Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence—A Wilson Center and Georgetown University Center for Security Studies Joint Conference (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2014), co-edited, pp. 116.

Terrorism And Counterterrorism: Understanding the New Security Environment—Readings & Interpretations (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012), co-edited, pp. 793.

State of the Struggle: Report on the Battle against Global Terrorism (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2007), co-authored, pp. 100.

Inside Terrorism—Second Edition, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006, pp. 465; and, Frankfurt: S. Fischer Verlag, 2006, pp. 596).

Inside Terrorism—First Edition, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998; London: Victor Gollancz, 1998; Frankfurt: S. Fischer Verlag, 1999; Paris: Calmann-Levy, 1999; Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, 1999; Warsaw: Bertlesmann Media, 1999; Sofia, Bulgaria: Pleiada, 1999; Tokyo: Hara-Shobo, 1999; Belgrade: Academic, 2000; Moscow: Ultra.Culture Publishers, 2004; Istanbul: Archaeology and Art Publications, 2004; and, Seoul: DaiHak, 2004), pp. 288.

The Failure of British Military Policy Within Palestine, 1939-1947 (Ramat Gan, Israel: Bar-Ilan University Press, 1983), pp. 136.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“The Palestine Police Force and the challenges of gathering counterterrorism Intelligence, 1939-1947,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, vol. 24, no. 4 (December 2013), pp. 38.

“Al Qaeda’s Uncertain Future,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 36, no. 8 (August 2013), pp. 18.

“The Rationality of Terrorism and Other Forms of Political Violence: Lessons from the Jewish Campaign in Palestine, 1939-1947,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, vol. 22, no. 2 (May 2011), pp. 14.

“Assessing The Terrorist Threat to America and to American Interests,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 34, no. 2 (February 2011), co-authored, pp. 36.

“The First Non-State Use of A Chemical Weapon in Warfare: The Tamil Tigers’ Assault on East Kiran,” Small Wars and Insurgencies, vol. 20, no. 3 (September 2009), pp. 14.

“A Counter-Terrorist Grand Strategy for the Obama Administration,” Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 21, no. 3 (July 2009), pp. 18.

“The Capability of Emergency Departments and Emergency Medical Systems In The U.S. To Respond To Mass Casualty Events Resulting From Terrorist Attacks,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 32, no. 1 (January 2009), pp. 12.

Articles in Policy Journals (selected)

“Low-Tech Terrorism,” The National Interest, no. 30, March/April 20134 pp. 11.

“Al Qaeda Rises in Yemen’s Chaos,” The National Interest, no. 23, January/February 2013, pp. 7.

“American Jihad,” The National Interest, no. 107, May/June 2010, pp. 11.

“The Age of Woman Power,” The National Interest, no. 99, January/February 2009, pp. 7.

Chapters in Edited Books (selected)

“Who Fights?—A Comparative Demographic Depiction of Terrorists and Insurgents in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries” in Hew Strachan and Sibylle Scheipers (eds.), The Changing Character of War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 19.