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Paul D. Williams

Global Fellow


August 1, 2015 — July 31, 2017

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor of International Affairs, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Wilson Center Projects

"Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A Critical Analysis of the African Union Mission, 2007-2014"

Full Biography

Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, USA. Dr. Williams is also a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York where helps manage the “Providing for Peacekeeping Project.” Dr. Williams previously taught at the Universities of Aberystwyth, Birmingham, and Warwick in the United Kingdom and has been a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University and the University of Queensland, Australia. Between 2011-2014 he served as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In 2014-15 Dr Williams was a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center working on a project on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

His books include, War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2011), British Foreign Policy under New Labour, 1997-2005 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005); Understanding Peacekeeping (Polity, 2nd ed., 2010); Security and Development in Global Politics: A Critical Comparison (Georgetown University Press, 2012); Security Studies: An Introduction (Routledge, 2008); and The International Politics of Mass Atrocities: The Case of Darfur (Routledge, 2010).

Professor Williams currently serves on the editorial boards of two journals, African Affairs and Global Responsibility to Protect.

Major Publications

Understanding Peacekeeping (Polity, 2nd edn 2010)

War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2011)

Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges and Future of UN Peacekeeping Contributions (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa (Council on Foreign Relations Special Report No.73, May 2015)

ed. The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Previous Terms

Fellow, Sep. 15-2014-May 31, 2015: "Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A Critical Analysis of the African Union Mission, 2007-2014"