Phil Williams

3940 Posvar
Curriculum vitae


  • PhD, 1988, University of Southampton
  • MSc, 1970, strategic studies, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • BA, 1969, politics and history, University College of Wales, Swansea

Teaching and Research Areas

Security studies, foreign policy analysis, transnational organized crime, terrorism

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • (With Warner Seller) Military Contingencies in Megacities Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College, 2016. Monograph.
  • “The Global Crisis of Governance” in Hilary Matfess and Michael Miklaucic, Beyond Convergence: World Without Order (National Defense University and Peacekeeping and Stability Institute, US Army War College, 2016) pp.21-45

  • (with Dan Bisbee) “Jaish-al-Mahdi” in Michael Miklaucic and Michelle Hughes, (eds.) Impunity.Washington D.C:National Defense University, July 2016.

  • (with Dan Bisbee) Iraq: Jaish al-Mahdi and the Sadrist Movement” in Michael Dziedzic (ed.) Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures, Rowman and Littlefield, July 2016. 

  • “Illicit Activities in Latin America” in David Mares and Arie Kacowicz (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Latin America Security Studies. London: Routledge, August 2015.

  • (with Sharad Joshi and Gretchen Peters) “D-Company” in Lawrence Cline and Paul Shemella (eds.) The Future of Counterinsurgency: Contemporary Debates in Internal Security Strategy. Praeger Security International,July 2015.

  • (with Colin Clarke) “ISIS” in Lawrence Cline and Paul Shemella (eds.) The Future of Counterinsurgency: Contemporary Debates in Internal Security Strategy. Praeger Security International,July 31, 2015.

  • (with Colin Clarke) “Terrorist Financing and Organized Crime” in Amit Kumar and Dennis Lormel (eds.) Understanding and Combating Terrorist Financing. Taylor and Francis, January, 2015.

  • “Illicit Flows and Networks in the Atlantic Basin” in Daniel S Hamilton (ed.) Dark Networks in the Atlantic Basin: Emerging Trends and Implications for Human Security, pp. 75-100.

  • Washington D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 2015.“Nigerian Organized Crime” in Letizia Paoli (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, pp.254-269.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

  • The Terrorism Debate Over Mexican Drug Trafficking Violence” in Terrorism and Political Violence,Vol. 24, No. 2, March 14, 2012

  • Special Issue: Intersections of Crime and Terror“Organized Crime in Iraq: Strategic Surprise and Lessons for Future Contingencies”PrismVol. 1,No. 2, March 2010 pp. 47-68

  • “Mexican Organized Crime and Violence: A Comparative Perspective” ISTOR,revista de hitsoria internacionalwww.istor.cide.edu

  •  “Afterword: criminal violence in Mexico –a dissenting analysis”, with Paul Kan, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Vol. 21, No. 1, (Special Issue: Narcos Over the Border: Gangs, Cartels, Mercenaries and the Invasion of America), 2010

  • “Organized Crime and Corruption in Iraq,” in International Peacekeeping: Special Issue on Organized Crime and Peace Operations, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2009, Pages 115 -135

  • “Illicit Markets, Weak States and Violence: Mexico and Iraq,” in Special Issue of Law Crime and Social ChangeVolume 52, Number 3(2009) pp. 323-336

  • “In Cold Blood: The Madrid Bombings,” Perspectives on Terrorism (Special Issue on Under-Investigated Topics in Terrorism Research, June 2008, pp.19-24http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php?option=com_rokzine&view=issue&id=15&Itemid=54Project on "South Asian Proliferation Networks" funded by the Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-2007

  • Open source analysis of Chinese anti-satellite missile developments funded by the National Aerospace Intelligence Center, 2006-2007
  • Has a blog on "Ecologies of Disorder" on the Global Futures Partnership (CIA) website
  • Article: "Terrorist Financing and Attack Warning Indicators" in Jeanne Giraldo and Harold Trinkunas (eds) Terrorist Financing and State Response: A comparative Perspective. Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Book: "Organized Crime in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States" in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. London: Europa, 2007.
  • Article: "Strategies for a New World: Combating Organized Crime and Terrorism" in John Baylis et. al. (eds) Strategy in the Contemporary World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • GSPIA Annual Teaching Award, 2007
  • United Nations Crime Prevention Branch
  • United Nations International Drug Control Program

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Visiting Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2007-2008
  • Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

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