Michael John Williams

Clinical Professor of International Relations and Director of the IR Program at New York University


Science, Law and Liberalism in the American Way of War, with Stephanie Carvin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). 

'American military power has been a central geopolitical fact since the middle of the twentieth century and has defined the first decades of the twenty-first century. Situating American combat power in a long-term historical process, Stephanie Carvin and Michael Williams demonstrate how the United States' approach to war-fighting is not so much the product of its obsession with technology, as many have suggested, but its attempt to maintain its security while simultaneously sustaining its core liberal values. Carvin and Williams dissect the many difficulties which this American way of war, as a manifestation of fundamental forces in US culture, has engendered in Iraq and Afghanistan.'

                       - Professor Anthony King, University of Exeter

Praise for Science Law and Liberalism in the American Way of War: 

"How Scientists and Lawyers Shape the American Way of Warfare" on Lawfare by Kenneth Anderson, Washington College of Law, American University

International Affairs, by William Boothby, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

The RUSI Journal, by Jack MacDonald, King's College London

The Good War: NATO and the Liberal Conscience in Afghanistan  (New York: Palgrave, 2011). 

At a time when innumerable newspaper articles, journal essays and political speeches have added more heat than light to the NATO intervention in Afghanistan, M.J. Williams gives answers with real expertise, the right historical perspective and a sound political judgement. Based on extensive research and interviews with key players on both sides of the Atlantic, this book is essential reading for anyone, layman or strategist, who wants to understand what is really at stake for the Western democracies in Afghanistan.
— - Dr. Jamie Shea, Director of Policy Planning, NATO HQ

NATO, Risk and Security Management: From Kosovo to Kandahar (London: Routledge, 2009).

"Engaging and illuminating, Williams offers an original and stimulating take on NATO's evolution and the liberal conscience while at the same time delivering a serious reality check to advocates of democratic imperialism."

- Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics, 

Power in World Politics. Edited with Felix Berenskoetter (London: Routledge, 2007). 

Drawing from a variety of International Relations’ traditions and other fields and disciplines, this book contains some of the most cutting-edge and illuminating scholarship on power yet. It is no exaggeration to say, therefore, that after reading this book you will never think about power in simplistic and one-dimensional ways.
— Emanuel Adler, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Professor of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

On Mars and Venus: Strategic Culture as a Variable in US and European Foreign Policy, (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2003).