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  • Peter Hoffman

    Assistant Professor of International Affairs


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    Peter Hoffman


    Peter J. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of International Affairs in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School, coordinator for the International Affair program's Master of Science degree, and faculty supervisor for United Nations Summer Study. His work spans the fields of Strategic and Security Studies, International Organization, International Relations Theory, and Comparative Historical Sociology. Peter’s main focus is on the dynamics of war and global responses, concentrating primarily on the international humanitarian system. Other major areas of his work encompass the United Nations; global governance; asymmetric warfare and Fourth Generation Warfare; armed non-state actors (guerrillas, warlords, militias, terrorists, and private military and security contractors); and, United States foreign policy.

    Peter’s scholarship has appeared in academic journals and books. His most recent book, Humanitarianism, War and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), analyzes seminal wartime emergencies and organizational developments and refines an approach of “Critical Humanitarianism.” He is currently at work on two projects: an analysis of changing principles and policies of humanitarian agencies regarding the use of private security contractors to protect aid workers (Mercy and Mercenaries: Critical Perspectives on Humanitarian Security Practices), and a comparative study of the power of culturally-driven knowledge production in shaping security behavior (War Zones: Security Cultures and the Politics of Conflict Analysis).

    He has also been a consultant for non-governmental organizations—such as the Fund for Peace, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Stanley Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and the Open Society Foundations—and was a member of the research team of the International Commission for Intervention and State Sovereignty that developed the concept of the “responsibility to protect.”

    Peter is also a Research Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

    Degrees Held

    PhD, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York

    MA, Political Science with Certificate in International Affairs, The New School for Social Research

    Research Interests

    Conflict analysis, humanitarianism, private military and security sector, the United Nations, US foreign policy

    Current Courses

    Conflicts and Global Responses

    Conflicts and Global Responses (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study

    Internship (Spring 2020)

    PIA II: Project Implementation (Spring 2020)

    Politics of Humanitarianism

    Reimagining Security

    Security and Sacrifice Studio

    UN Practicum

    UN Practicum

    United Nations & World Order (Open Campus)

    United Nations & World Order

    United Nations & World Order

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