As the Posvar Chair for International Security Studies and Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, Williams conducts several student working groups, including the Russian Contract Killer Database which has compiled extensive evidence on Russian contract killings since the 1990s. Aside from his extensive consulting work for organizations like the United Nations and the CIA, he has also given Congressional testimony on organized crime.


Teaching and Research Areas

Williams' research focuses on these key areas:

  • Transnational organized crime
  • International security


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Global Analysis Program, University of Pittsburgh, two-year project on Cities: From Vulnerability to Resilience, 2016-17.
  • PI on contract with Idaho National Laboratory Project to research cyber attack signatures, 2015-16.
  • PI on subcontract with START (University of Maryland) / DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office): Transnational Criminal Organizations, Terrorists and Illicit Radiological/Nuclear (RN) Materials: Exploring a Central American Nexus, 2010-2012.


Awards and Honors

  • National Institute of Justice Award for research on Organized Crime in Ukraine, 1999.
  • Hewlett Award for development of course on transnational criminal organizations, 1994.
  • Hewlett Award for drug trafficking research and course development, 1992.


Consultancies and Public Services

  • "What in the World Has Changed? The Emergence and Dynamics of Transnational Threats Report." Prepared for the Global Futures Partnership at Central Intelligence Agency, May 2004.
  • "The Global Implications of West African Organized Crime Report." Prepared for United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, April 2004.
  • "Organized Crime in Central Asia Report." Prepared for United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, January 2004.