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, and an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. 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.


  • 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


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



  • English, German
  • Humanitarian Engagement with Non-state Armed Groups with Hannah Bryce, Professor Ben Saul, Joshua Webb and Charu Lata Hogg, Research Paper, April 2016
  • 'Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contribution of Private Actors', with Carolin Goerzig, Negotiation Journal (forthcoming)
  • 'The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups', with Ulrich Schneckenerin, in Heike Krieger (ed.), Inducing Compliance with International Humanitarian Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015
  • 'The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict', with Carolin Goerzigin, in Christopher Daase, Caroline Fehl, Anna Geis, and Georgios Kolliarakis (eds.), Recognition in International Relations, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015
  • 'Local Marijuana Legalization in U.S., Mexico May Impact Hemisphere-Wide Policy', World Politics Review, 7 March 2014.
  • 'Drug Markets, Security and Foreign Aid, Report 6, Modernising Drug Law Enforcement', London, with Virginia Comolli, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) / Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House / International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). 2013
  • Uruguay Marijuana Bill Portends New Era in Drug Policy World Politics Review, August 2013
  • Taliban Talks: Not the Solution to Afghanistan’s Problems in Kings of War, Department of War Studies, King's College London, 2012
  • Engaging Non-State Armed Actors. Options and Strategies, with Ulrich Schneckener, in International Review of the Red Cross, 93 (883): 1-19, 2011
  • Engaging Armed Groups in Development Cooperation with Jörn Grävingholt, in Digital Development Debates, Vol. 5, 2011
  • NGOs and Nonstate Armed Actors. Improving Compliance with International Norms with Ulrich Schneckener, USIP Special Report 284, Washington: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), 2011
  • Peace Negotiations in the Philippines: The Government, the MILF and International NGOs USIP Peace Brief 91, Washington: United States Institute of Peace (USIP), 2011