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Claudia Hofmann

Professorial Lecturer
School of International Service
American University
United States of America


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.

Research Interest

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


  • (2016) with Carolin Goerzig, “The Hurting Way Out: Group Cohesion and the Mitigating Potential of Private Actors in Conflict Negotiation”, in: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers, No. 177.

  • with Carolin Goerzig, “Influencing Negotiation Willingness in the Middle East: The Potential Contributions of Private Actors”, in: Negotiation Journal 32 (2): 151-163, 2016.

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