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Claudia Hofmann Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

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Additional Positions at AU
Administrative Program Director, Comparative and Regional Studies Program (CRS), International Affairs Policy & Analysis Program (IAPA), and Master of International Service Program (MIS)
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

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.
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Summer 2021

  • SIS-793 Practicum in Int'l Affairs: Security Threats U.S.-Israel

Fall 2021

  • SIS-686 Proseminar in Int'l Affairs

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • non-traditional security threats;
  • community resilience;
  • transnational organized crime;
  • violent conflicts.

Professional Presentations

  • “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

Selected Publications