Williams Martin

US State Department Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


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Diplomacy, NATO and its Partners, Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy


Europe, Germany



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Williams S. Martin ("Bill") is the US State Department Senior Fellow for 2014 to 2015 in the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Bill Martin is a career Foreign Service Officer with more than twenty years in the State Department. He served most recently as a Policy Analyst in the office of the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, charged with preparing the 2014 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and the 2014 to 2017 Joint State-USAID Strategic Plan. His past assignments include: Deputy Director and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Unit at State; Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Panjshir, Afghanistan; Political/Economic Chief at the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal; and Legislative Fellow for US Senator John Sununu. In addition to his tours in Afghanistan and Nepal, Bill has served overseas in the Czech Republic, Kenya, and Pakistan. Before joining the State Department, Bill was a corporate lawyer for a German-American firm in New York City.

Bill has a BA in history and German from Duke University; he studied for one year at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg. He has a JD from Vanderbilt University and an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

He speaks and reads German.