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Williams

Stephanie

Stephanie Williams has extensive experience in international mediation, diplomacy, and security policy.  With the United Nations, she served most recently as the Special Adviser to Secretary General on Libya (2021-2022), Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) (2020-2021), and as Deputy Special Representative (Political) of UNSMIL (2018-2020).  Williams led the United Nations’ mediation that resulted in a nation-wide Libyan ceasefire agreement signed on October 23, 2020 and a political agreement reached on February 5, 2021 that produced Libya’s first unity government in seven years.

Williams retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2018 with the rank of Minister- Counsellor after serving as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. for the U.S. Embassy to Libya based in Tunisia.  She also served as Senior Adviser on Syria (2017-2018), Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission in Iraq (2016-2017), in Jordan (2013-2015) and in Bahrain (2010-2013) in addition to tours in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Pakistan.  In Washington, she served in a variety of policy jobs, including as Director of Maghreb Affairs. 

Williams graduated with honours from the University of Maryland in 1987 with a double degree in Economics and Government Relations.  In 1989, she earned a Master’s Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.  She is a ‘Distinguished Graduate’ of the National War College, where she earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies in 2008. Williams is fluent in Arabic and is currently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center’s Center for Middle East Policy and a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.

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