Dr Michael Williams

Educational background

Ph.D. (International Relations), London School of Economics

Pg.Cert. with Merit (Higher Education), University of London

M.A. with Distinction (Gegenwärtige Europapolitik), Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Honors B.A. with Distinction (International Relations), University of Delaware

Personal profile

Dr. Michael John Williams studies international relations with particular interests in the US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, civil-military relations and the intersection between war, technology and society.

Dr. Williams' most recent publications include “Between Annihilation and Restraint: Science, Law and Liberalism in the American Way of War” (Cambridge UP 2014), co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Carvin (Ottawa), ‘The Afghan War, 2001-2012’ in the “Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History” (Oxford 2012) and, "The Good War: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan" (Palgrave 2011).

Dr. Williams is a Stephen M. Kellen term member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has held a Robert Bosch Fellowship in Germany, a Visiting Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, and he was an investigator in the Sustainable Peacebuilding Network, a collaborative research project involving 20 scholars from six countries, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and directed by Prof. Roland Paris (Ottawa). In Spring 2014 he will be a DAAD Fellow at the Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr in Berlin, Germany. 

He is a Senior Associate Scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C. and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Transatlantic Programe at the policy think-tank IDEAS at the London School of Economics. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal 'International Politics Reviews' and former co-editor of 'Millennium: Journal of International Studies'. From 2005-2008 Dr. Williams directed the Transatlantic Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London. 

Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Bath, Berlin, and Moscow he earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research interests

- Contemporary US Foreign Policy

- Historical US Foreign Policy

- 20th Century Transatlantic Relations

- 20th Century and Cold War International Relations

- The relationship between the armed forces and society

- The relationship between society, war and technology

Individuals interested in pursuing research at the doctoral-level in any of the aforementioned subjects are encourged to email Dr. Williams directly with a CV and draft research proposal or to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Sandra Halperin.


Dr. Williams teaches teaches/has taught:


  • PR2550: War and Security in World Politics
  • PR2590: Cold War International Relations
  • PR3820: Statecraft and Diplomacy
  • PR3590: Great Powers and Great Debates in International History
  • PR3620: United States Foreign Policy 


  • PR5908: US Foreign Policy
  • PR5924: Transnational Security Studies
  • PR5XXX: The Armed Forces & Society

Dr. Williams is a fan of integrated learning and utilizes a mix of lecture, seminar discussion and problem-based learning to reach the learning objectives of his undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is particulary interested in the challenges of teaching in international settings, having written the thesis for his Pg.Cert in Higher Education on methods to reduce plagiarism amongst international undergraduate students with English as a second language.

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