Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Abi Williams as SFS Centennial Fellow. Dr. Williams served as the first President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice for the past four years. He spearheaded its development into a vibrant think and do tank working on issues at the critical intersection of peace, security and justice.
“I cannot begin to say how happy we are to have Abi Williams return to the Walsh School of Foreign Service,” Senior Associate Dean Anthony Clark Arend said. “Dr. Williams embodies the ethos of the Walsh School – a trained academic with extensive real-world experience. He will be an amazing resource for our students.”
The Centennial Fellows program at the School of Foreign Service brings distinguished practitioners and scholars to be resources for students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the broader public.
Williams’ work will focus on completing an edited book on the relationship between the United Nations Secretaries-General and the Security Council to be published by Oxford University Press. He will also give presentations to classes on international organizations and contribute to a lecture series on global justice.
Dr. Williams previously served at the United States Institute of Peace, first as Vice President of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, and later as Senior Vice President of the Center for Conflict Management leading its work in major conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Libya. From 2001-2007, he served as Director of Strategic Planning for United Nations Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan. He gained valuable field operational experience, serving with the United Nations from 1994 to 2000 in peacekeeping operations in the Balkans and Haiti, in senior political and humanitarian roles.
He has strong ties to the Walsh School of Foreign Service, having served as a faculty member from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. He was voted by students as Outstanding Teacher of the School in 1992, and was awarded the School’s Constantine E. Maguire Medal.
He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and received the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. “I have always valued my links with the Walsh School and am delighted to be back in a new role. I look forward to working with colleagues across different disciplines and supporting a new generation of students,” said Dr. Williams.