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Paul D. Williams

Associate Professor of International Affairs
Suite 605
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-0969
Fax: 202-994-7761

Areas of Expertise

International peace operations, warfare in Africa, Africa's international relations, conflict resolution

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Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Security Policy Studies M.A. program. Dr. Williams is also 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 has served on the editorial board of several scholarly journals including African AffairsInternational PeacekeepingGlobal Governance, and Global Responsibility to Protect. He 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 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6999 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies:

  • International Peackeeping
  • War & Conflict in Africa