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Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Why the US failure in Afghanistan won’t break NATO

Europeans shouldn't draw narrow conclusions about the security risks they’ll face based on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.

New Atlanticist by Michael John Williams

Afghanistan European Union

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

The secret to NATO’s survival: Get political

Why has NATO failed to be an effective political forum and what signs of progress must emerge from this week's summit? There are six core areas to watch over the next eighteen months.

New Atlanticist by Jamie Shea and Michael John Williams

Conflict Defense Policy

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Christen a carrier strike group: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Using the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales as its backbone, a NATO carrier strike group is an opportunity for high-end interoperability under European leadership.

NATO 20/2020 by Michael John Williams

Europe & Eurasia Maritime Security

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.