Trackers and Data VisualizationsJun 16, 2022
Visualizing the NATO Strategic Concept: Five ways to look at the Alliance’s future
By Atlantic Council experts
We asked our experts: With so much happening in the global arena, what topics will be featured in NATO's Strategic Concept - and how should the Alliance think about addressing them?
In the NewsJun 16, 2022
Williams in the New York Times: middle power nations want to maintain strategic autonomy and will not easily cozy up to the US regarding Russia
By Michael John Williams
Michael John Williams was quoted in the New York Times asserting that middle power nations such as Brazil, India, Israel, and South Africa want to maintain their strategic autonomy and will not easily side with the US in opposing Russia.
New AtlanticistMar 3, 2022
Europe needs to prepare for a future without Russian energy
By Michael John Williams and Erin Hodges
One of Putin’s greatest assets is Western reliance on Russia; to move forward, this relationship must shift from one of necessity to one of convenience.
Michael John Williams is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security Initiative and associate professor of International Affairs and director of the International Relations Program at the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a fellow of the Global Diplomacy Lab hosted by the German Foreign Ministry and an Associate of LSE IDEAS! He was a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held a Robert Bosch Fellowship in Germany, visiting fellowships at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford & Nuffield College, Oxford, and a DAAD fellowship at the Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Science in Potsdam, Germany. During his time as a Bosch Fellow, he was a special advisor to the parliamentary state secretary at the Germany Ministry of Defense and was later detailed to the Advanced Concept Division at Airbus Military. Some of Williams’s most recent publications include Science, Law, and Liberalism in the American Way of War: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict (2015), “The Enduring Culture of Restraint in Modern Germany: German Mentalités on the Use of Force as Portrayed in Contemporary Television Narratives” in German Politics (2019), “NATO and the Risk Society: Modes of Alliance Representation since 1991” in Theorising NATO: New Perspectives on the Atlantic Alliance (Webber & Hyde-Price, 2016), “In the Line of Fire: NATO-NGO Relations from Bosnia to Afghanistan” in NATO’s Post-Cold War Politics (Mayer 2014), “The Afghan War, 2001-2012” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2012) and “Special Relationships in Flux: Brexit and the Future of the US-EU and US-UK Relationships (International Affairs, May 2016) Before moving to Syracuse University Williams was Director of International Relations at New York University and Reader in International Relations at the University of London. From 2006 to 2008 Williams was director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. He was program officer for the Leverhulme Program on the Changing Character of War at the University of Oxford form 2004-2006. Williams consults extensively for policymakers in the United States, Canada, and Europe on various international security issues. Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Bayreuth, Bath, Berlin, and Moscow he earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics & Political Science.