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

  • 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

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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