Bruce Hoffman

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"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. " [

BRUCE HOFFMAN is a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; a Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Counter-Terrorism Advisory Board and has been a consultant to the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence, the World Cup USA94 Security Planning and Management Staff, and the New York State Emergency Management Office.

Center for Terrorism Risk Managemet Policy

RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy was established in 2002 to study terrorism risk management, insurance, liability, and compensation. The Center is a collaboration of three organizations:

RAND Institute for Civil Justice, which brings a 25-year history of empirical research on liability and compensation (read About the ICJ). RAND Infrastructure, Safety and Environment, with the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and homeland security at RAND (read About ISE). Risk Management Solutions (RMS), the world's leading provider of models and services for catastrophe risk management (read About RMS). The Center provides research that is needed to inform public and private decisionmakers on economic security in the face of the terrorism threat. Terrorism risk insurance studies will provide the backbone of data and analysis for appropriate choices with respect to the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in 2005. Research on the economics of different liability decisions will inform the policy decisions of Congress and the opinions of judges. Studies of compensation will help Congress ensure appropriate compensation to the victims of terrorist attacks. Research on security will help protect critical infrastructure and improve collective security in rational and cost-effective ways.

The fundamental principle underlying the Center's analytical approach is that compensation, liability, and risk insurance policy for terrorism must be firmly grounded in an empirical and rigorous understanding of terrorism itself. We therefore envision a multidisciplinary research approach that will draw on the expertise from all parts of RAND and from the extensive modeling expertise of Risk Management Solutions. In addition, since the goal of the research is to provide policy-relevant research, we plan to actively engage a broad range of stakeholders in the Center in order to facilitate practical and realistic recommendations and recognition of the institutional and legal context of the policies. Learn more about the Center's institutional resources and expertise and anticipated uses of the research. [[1]]

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  1. Advisory Council, Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies Afghanistan, accessed December 12, 2010.
  2. Editorial Board, Terrorism and Political Violence, accessed January 13, 2011.