Interview: Hellmut Hoffman

K=1 Project
May 10, 2012

Topic: Conference on Disarmament, Goals of Ambassadors, Pakistan, Youth

Hellmut Hoffmann is Germany's ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He speaks about the Conference's period of stagnation, Pakistan's rejection of Conference goals and the possibility of weapons proliferation. He mentions the need for youth to understand more about nuclear weapons and the threat they place. 

Ambassador Hoffmann has over 30 years of diplomacy experience with the Federal Republic of Germany and the United Nations, focused primarily on arms control and nonproliferation. He is currently Germany's permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Prior to this position, Ambassador Hoffmann served as the Head of the Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation division of the Disarmament and Arms Control Department at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. He has also recently given seminar courses relating to arms control and security policy at institutions such as the NATO Defense College in Rome and the Federal College for Security Studies (BAKS), Berlin. Ambassador Hoffmann holds degrees in Political Science, History and the English Language and English Literature from the University of Heidelberg, and he also studied at King's College, London and Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, Washington D.C.