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Claudia Hofmann

Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service

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    Director, Master of International Service (MIS)
  • Dr Claudia Hofmann is the Director of the Master in International Service (MIS) program at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Dr Hofmann’s research addresses the role of non-state actors in world politics, with a particular emphasis on rebels, insurgents, and organized criminal groups as a challenge to foreign and security policy. Her recent research focuses on the interplay between drugs and organized criminal groups and national security. Dr Hofmann has a rich background in academic teaching and policy-oriented in-depth research on both sides of the Atlantic. Her work has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed academic publications, international policy papers, presentations, and policy consultations.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Political Science, University of Cologne, Germany; M.A., International Conflict Analysis, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, Belgium; B.A.(hons), Politics & Government and History, University of Kent, UK

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • (forthcoming) with Carolin Goerzig, “The Hurting Way Out. Expanding upon the Concept of Ripeness in the Middle East”, in: Negotiation Journal
  • (forthcoming) with Carolin Goerzig, “The Dark Side of Recognition. Mutual Exclusiveness of Passive and Active Recognition in the Middle East Conflict”, in: Christopher Daase, Caroline Fehl, Anna Geis, and Georgios Kolliarakis (eds.), Recognition in International Relations, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (forthcoming) with Ulrich Schneckener, “The Power of Persuasion. The Role of INGOs in Engaging Armed Groups”, in: Heike Krieger (ed.), Enforcing International Humanitarian Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • with Virginia Comolli, Drug Markets, Security and Foreign Aid, Report 6, Modernising Drug Law Enforcement, London: International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) / Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House / International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), 2013.
  • Reasoning with Rebels. International NGOs’ Approaches to Engaging Armed Groups, SWP Research Paper, Berlin: German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), 2012.
  • Development Cooperation and Non-State Armed Groups, (with Jörn Grävingholt and Stephan Klingebiel),  Bonn: German Development Institute (DIE) (Studies 29), 2007.
  • Learning in Modern International Society, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2007.


Work In Progress

  • (in manuscript) with Genevieve Lester, “Intelligence, Hyper-Terrorism and Organized Crime: An Unhappy Love Story”
  • (in manuscript) with Judith Vorrath, “The Effects of Exile Rebel Leadership in Armed Conflicts”

Professional Presentations

  • “From Negotiation Avoidance to Negotiation Willingness: Enhancing Ripeness in the Middle East Conflict”, Bridging the Academic / Policy Divide, ISA ISSS-ISAC Joint Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA — 2013
  • “Drug markets, security and foreign aid”, Modernizing Drug Law Enforcement seminar, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) / Chatham House / International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Chatham House, London, UK — 2013
  • “Considerations for an Engagement with Armed Groups” (online), Specialized Training on Gender in Humanitarian Action (ATHA) / Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012
  • “Breaking the Deadlock in the Middle East Peace Process” (organizer), Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA, 2012
  • "Engaging Armed Groups. Options and Strategies” (online), Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012
  • “Conflict Prevention on Both Sides of the Atlantic”, Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Integrated Conflict Management in the German Bundestag, German Embassy, Washington, DC, USA, 2011
  • “Opportunities and Limits of Engaging Non-State Armed Groups“, FCO-LSE Workshop, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, UK, 2010