Peter Hoffman - Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations
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    Peter Hoffman

    Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Peter J. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School and Research Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His research and writing focus on the dynamics of war and global responses, concentrating primarily on the international humanitarian system. Other major areas of his work encompass the private military and security sector; the United Nations; human rights; U.S. foreign policy; and, global commodity chains.

    His publications include reports for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy on U.S. foreign policy and the United Nations, a chapter on the lessons learned and the merits of social scientific research on humanitarian issues, an essay for Médecins Sans Frontières on the global war on terrorism’s impact on humanitarian action, and an essay analyzing private security companies against the backdrop of global governance.

    Hoffman’s first book, Sword & Salve: Confronting New Wars and Humanitarian Crises (co-author, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), was a political history of the interaction between security and humanitarianism. His current project examines changing beliefs of humanitarian agencies regarding the use of private security contractors to protect aid workers and scrutinizes the consequences of the increasing use of hired guns by relief organizations, and will be published as Mercy and Mercenaries: The Politics of Private Security Companies Protecting Humanitarian Agencies (Routledge, forthcoming).