Bruce Hoffman


Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly four decades. In addition to being Professor of Terrorism Studies (part-time) in the CSTPV, he is also a professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is is Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. Professor Hoffman co-founded with Professor Paul Wilkinson the CSTPV in 1994 and was its first director. He is currently a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post–9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization. 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. 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 and Anonymous Soldiers: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Palestine and the Rise of Israel and will be published respectively in 2014 and 2015.


Selected Publications

Anonymous Soldiers: Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Palestine and the Rise of Israel (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.

“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.

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

“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.

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

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.