Associate Fellow, International Security
Claudia Hoffman

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Dr Claudia Hofmann is the director of the Master in International Service (MIS) programme at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Her research addresses the role of non-state actors in world politics, with a recent emphasis on the interplay between drugs, organized criminal groups, and national security.

Dr Hofmann has a rich background in academic teaching and policy-oriented in-depth research.

Her work has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed academic publications, international policy papers, presentations, and policy consultations.

Areas of expertise

  • Non-state armed actors, such as rebels, militias, warlords, insurgents, and organized criminal groups
  • Non-state conflict management
  • Foreign and security policy
  • Negotiation and mediation

Past experience

2013 -Director, Master of International Service (MIS), School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC, USA
2013 -Senior Analyst, International Crime Desk, Wikistrat
Jan - Dec 2013Visiting Faculty, University of California, Washington Center (UCDC), Washington, DC, USA
Apr - Sept 2012Visiting Fellow, International Security Research Department, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, UK
2011-13Visiting Scholar, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA
2010-11Jennings Randolph TAPIR Fellow, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, DC, USA
2009-10Researcher and Lecturer, Chair in International Relations, University of Osnabrück, Germany
2007-10Researcher, Global Issues Research Group, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, Germany
Sept 2006Reporter, “Dealing with Spoilers in Peace Processes” Workshop, Working Group on Development and Peace (FriEnt) and German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn, Germany
2005-06Editor, “Workshop on Crisis Prevention Effects of Development Cooperation with Central Asia”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ), Bonn, Germany
2005Research Officer, Project: “Development Co-operation and Interaction with Non-State Armed Groups”, commissioned and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn, Germany
2004-07Research Assistant, Chair in Comparative Politics, University of Cologne, Germany