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Professor Bruce Hoffman

  • Professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service

  • Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations

  • George H. Gilmore Senior Fellow at the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center.

What We've Learned So Far From Hamas/Israel

Hamas's recent attacks on Israel have shaken the region and the world. Such an extensive operation by a terrorist group is without precedent. It is as if the proportional equivalent of at least 20,000 Americans had been killed on 9/11. Only during the Holocaust were more Jews killed on a single day. The attack unleashed powerful, centrifugal forces that have rewritten the rules for Israel and Hamas, and perhaps others in the region. How might the conflict escalate and expand to involve others? What is the role of the U.S. Navy vessels stationed off Gaza now? And, how will it all end? Professor Bruce Hoffman will reveal his expansive insight on this topic.


Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for nearly five decades. Hoffman formerly held the Corporate Chair for Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency and was variously director of the Arroyo Center’s Strategy & Doctrine Program, Washington Office director, vice president for external affairs, and acting director of the Center for Middle Eastern Public Policy at the RAND Corporation. 

He was appointed a commissioner on the FBI 9/11 Review Commission by the U.S. Congress and has been Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency; adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq, and, adviser on counterinsurgency to Multi-National Forces—Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq. 

Hoffman is the recipient of the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, the highest commendation given to a non-government employee. He is the author of several award-winning books. His latest book, God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America, will be published by Columbia University Press on January 2, 2024. 

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