Paul D. Williams

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Professor of International Affairs; Associate Director of the M.A. in Security Policy Studies Program
Suite 605 Elliott School of International Affairs
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Peace operations; emerging security threats; war and peace in Africa; conflict resolution

Curriculum Vitae

Paul D. Williams is a professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the M.A. Security Policy Studies program

Between 2012 and 2018, Dr. Williams was a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York. During 2014-15, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and during 2015-17 he was a Global Fellow associated with the Center's Africa Program. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Williams worked as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He 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.

Dr. Williams is also managing the Providing for Peacekeeping Project, an independent research project which analyzes how to develop more effective United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Follow him on Twitter: @PDWilliamsGWU


Ph.D., University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Classes Taught

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

- International Peacekeeping

- Emerging Threats

IAFF 6162 Security Policy Analysis