|Dr. Evan Hoffman is the Executive
Director of the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation
(CIIAN) and an Associate Faculty member with the School of Peace
and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University.
Dr. Hoffman holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of
Canterbury (New Zealand). His doctoral research focused on the question
of why mediation sometimes produces a durable peace and this research
culminated in the creation of a new model for durable peace. Dr.
Hoffman also completed a Master's degree in Post-war Recovery Studies
at the University of York, UK in 2001 and an undergraduate degree in
psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa in 1999. In 2001 he earned a
Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from CIIAN.
Dr. Hoffman was one of the first people at the Post-war Reconstruction
and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York to study trauma
created by violent conflict and the methods of individual and community
trauma healing in a post-war context. His initial examination of the
subject began on a field study in Sri Lanka. His research then took him
to Bosnia for field study and data collection. The results of this
research are documented in his Master's thesis entitled "Creating the
Space to Heal: Principles of War-Induced Trauma-Recovery, with Case
Studies in Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Dr. Hoffman was then an intern with the Delegation of the European
Commission (EC) in the Republic of Sudan. The focus of the internship
was on the EC-funded Sudan Landmine Information and Response Initiative
(SLIRI) - a landmine marking and removal project. During this time he
had the unique opportunity to work with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rae
McGrath. Additionally, during this same period he assisted the Carter
Center in the design and delivery of a week-long peacebuilding training
workshop which was held in Nairobi for members of the Governments of
Sudan (GOS) and Uganda (GOU) and the Sudanese People's Liberation
Army/Movement (SPLA/M) as part of the efforts to implement the Nairobi
From 2004-2009 Dr. Hoffman was an 'Analyst and Policy Advisor' for
CIIAN's International Peace and Prosperity Project (IPPP) in
Guinea-Bissau. The IPPP was a political violence prevention project
testing the application of lessons learned and best practices to
develop a model for fragile, failing, and failed states.
Dr. Hoffman has published numerous articles on the themes of conflict
prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, and mediation and he has
provided consulting services to the Carter Center, the UN, the EU, the
Ottawa Police Service, St. Lawrence College (Cornwall), the Vietnamese
Ministry of Justice, and others on these topics.