Peter J. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of International Affairs in the Studley Graduate Programs 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 work spans the fields of Strategic and Security Studies, International Organization, International Relations Theory, and Comparative Historical Sociology. His 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; asymmetric warfare; the private military and security sector; human rights; United States foreign policy; and global commodity chains.
He has been a consultant for a variety of non-governmental organizations, and his publications include poilicy-oriented work, such as reports for the Future of the United Nations Development System, the Open Society, the Fund for Peace, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Stanley Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stuftung, and the Humanitarianism & War Project.. Peter was also a member of the research team of the International Commission for Intervention and State Sovereignty that developed the concept of the "responsibility to protect." His scholarship has appeared in academic journals and books.
Peter’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. Peter is at work on three projects. First, he currently is completing a new book, Humanitarianism, War and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefied, 2017, forthcoming) that analyzes seminal wartime emergencies and organizational developments to understand the politics of rights, relief, rescue, and refuge through a variety perspectives, most notably refining an approach of "Critical Humanitarianism," and positing a "revolution in humanitarian affairs." The second is a study of changing beliefs of humanitarian agencies regarding the use of private security contractors to protect aid workers. It 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). Third, is a project that undertakes comparative study of conflict analysis that highlights the role of security cultures in explaining profound disconnects between belligerents as well as combatants and conflict response actors (peacekeepers, aid workers, etc.).
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
Conflict analysis, humanitarianism, private military and security sector, the United Nations, US foreign policy
United Nations & World Order (Open Campus)
United Nations & World Order
LAB UN&WO Colloq & Site Visits
Critical Security Studies
The Evolution of Warfare
Conflicts and Global Responses
PIA II: Project Implementation