Centennial Fellow
Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service

Areas of Expertise
International Affairs, Diplomacy, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, International Organizations

Abiodun Williams is a SFS Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University and the former President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Previously, he was the senior vice president of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention at the United States Institute of Peace. He also served as the Associate Dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. From 2001 to 2007, he served as director of strategic planning in the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. In that capacity, he advised Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon on a full range of strategic issues including U.N. reform, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and international migration. He held political and humanitarian affairs positions in U.N. peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, and Macedonia from 1994 to 2000.

Williams began his career as an academic and taught international relations at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, University of Rochester, and Tufts University. In 1990 he was awarded the Constantine E. Maguire Medal for outstanding service to the School of Foreign Service and its students, and in 1992, he won the School’s teaching award. He was the recipient of a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs in 1990. Williams has served on the boards of the United World Colleges, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Jesuit International Volunteers, and QSI International School of Skopje. He holds an M.A. (Hons) from Edinburgh University, and M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has published widely on conflict prevention, international peacekeeping and multilateral negotiations.

Recent Publications
“Leadership and the Responsibility to Protect”. By Abiodun Williams and Jonas Claes. In The Responsibility to Protect, edited by W. Andy Knight and Frazer Egerton (2014)

“The Responsibility to Protect and Peacemaking,” with Jonas Claes, in Peacemaking (Praeger: 2012) edited by Andrea Bartoli, Susan Allen, and Zachariah Mampilly.

“The Responsibility to Protect and Peacemaking,” E-International Relations (August 4, 2011).

“The Responsibility to Protect: Leadership Required,” New World (Spring 2011).

Recent ACUNS Activity
Abiodun Williams, “Preventing Electoral Violence: An International Priority,” ACUNS Newsletter, No. 3 (2011).

Abiodun Williams, “Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General,” Global Governance 16 (2010).

Updated, July 2014