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Heather Williams

Heather Williams is a MacArthur Fellow in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King's College London. She completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies in December 2014 on trust in U.S.-Russia strategic arms control. Until January 2015 she was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), where her work focused on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. She previously worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Department of Defense Chemical and  Biological Defense Program. She has participated in the Center for Security and International Studies Nuclear Scholars Initiative and the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats fellowship at UC San Diego. Heather has a B.A. (hons) in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University and an M.A. in Security Studies from The George Washington University

Articles by Heather Williams (4)

  • Book review: 'China's Future' by David Shambaugh

    David Shambaugh's slim volume, China's Future, stands in stark contrast to the conventional wisdom on China. Indeed, it is hard to discuss 'China's future' without immediately speaking of 'China's rise.' The majority of contemporary literature on China focuses on its military modernisation and 'string of pearls' expansion into the South China Sea. The Interpreter devoted an entire debate series to unpredictability in China's maritime strategy in 2014.
  • Playing Putin bingo

    To modify Churchill, 'Putin is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy's updated and expanded edition of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin is an essential guidebook for navigating the enigma that is Russia's leader. It is based on original research and interviews, along with a deep understanding of Russia itself. The result is a book that is part psychological study and part analysis of Russian domestic and foreign policies.