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William Lawrence Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

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MALD and Ph.D, Department of Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Certificate, CASA Program, American University in Cairo
Certificate, Advanced Arabic, Bourguiba School, Tunis, Tunisia
Second Cycle Degree in History, University of Paris IV
BA, History and French, Duke University

Languages Spoken
Fluent French, Moroccan Arabic. Conversant Tunisian, Egyptian, Modern Standard Arabic. Proficiency in Hassaniya, Tamazight, and Spanish.
Dr. William Lawrence has served as a senior diplomat, analyst, and program director. He lived and worked for fifteen years in seven Asian and African countries and France. Since 2011, he has served in senior management positions at Crisis Group, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, and Control Risks. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor for Global Engagement in the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), working closely with the White House on core Obama administration initiatives. He co-created the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Program, the U.S. Science Envoy Program, and the Maghreb Digital Library; co-chaired the U.S.-Egypt S&T Development Fund for four years; and served at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, helping negotiate the first major U.S.-Libya agreement in decades. He has taught international relations, comparative politics, and diplomatic, Islamic, and global history at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Tufts, and Amideast/Mohamed V in Rabat, at Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech, and in the U.S. intelligence community, in addition to lecturing at over 100 universities worldwide. He appears regularly on NPR, BBC, VOA, France 24, Al Jazeera, and CGTN. He also co-produced six MENA-related films and fourteen albums.
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Spring 2021

  • SIS-762 Integrated Policy Exercise