NATO, European security, UN, peace operations, regional security, global order

Stephanie C. Hofmann                       

I am a Professor at the European University Institute where I hold the Joint Chair in International Relations at the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies and the Department of Political and Social Sciences. I am currently on leave from the Department of International Relations and Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, where I serve as advisory faculty and faculty associate of the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Center  and Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding


My research revolves around issues in international security (primarily on what is referred to in the various organizations as either crisis management, peacekeeping or peace [support] operations and missions), international organizations, the interlinkages between global and regional understandings of order, European and transatlantic security, the interlinkages between regional economic and security cooperation as well as national foreign policy preference formation.


I am currently working mainly on four research projects. I am the principal investigator of the Swiss National Science Foundation-funded project “To Save and To Defend: Global Normative Ambiguity and Regional Order” (2017-22). Here I investigate the different definitions and practices of the use of force as well as UN's relationship with regional security organizations. The second research project is entitled “Fighting together, moving apart? European common defence and shared security in an age of Brexit and Trump” (2018-2022). This VolkwagenStiftung-funded project supports the research of our consortium of public opinion, political elite and and social relations scholars. We examine the interlinkages between public opinion, media and the political elite in European security issues. Thirdly, in "Navigating Institutional Complexity: Actors and Strategies in Densely Populated Global Governance Spaces" (2020-22), I am part of a SNIS-funded research team in which we investigate the many different actors that make up regime complexity. Lastly, "Ad hoc crisis response and international organisations (ADHOCISM)" (2021-2025), which is funded by the Research Council of Norway and based in NUPI, is the fourth research project that I am affiliated with.


My first book European Security in NATO’s Shadow. Party Ideologies and Institution Building appeared with Cambridge University Press (2013). Other research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Cooperation and Conflict, European Journal of International Relations, German Politics, International Affairs, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Strategic Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Perspectives on Politics, and West European Politics.


I held visiting research positions at the European University Institute, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, New York University, Columbia University and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. As a visiting professor, I have taught academic and policy-oriented audiences in places such as Jerusalem, Rome, Tbilisi and Yerevan. And I have conducted consultancy work for national governments and international organizations in places such as Burundi and Switzerland.

You can find me on twitter @stephofmann