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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, Center for Arabic Study Abroad, American University, 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 international programs director. He lived and worked for fifteen years in seven Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries and France. Since 2011, he served as Crisis Group’s North Africa director, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy’s MENA Programs Director, and Control Risks’ MENA Associate Director. 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 at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, George Washington, Tufts, Amideast/Mohamed V in Rabat, and Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech and in the U.S. intelligence community and lectured at over 100 universities worldwide. He appears regularly on NPR, BBC, VOA, France24, AlJazeera, and CGTN. He also co-produced six MENA-related films and fourteen albums of North African music.
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Spring 2020

  • SIS-676 Sel Topics in Cross-Natl Study: Comp Pol of Mid East/N. Africa

Fall 2020

  • SIS-707 History of Global Politics