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William Godnick Adjunct Professorial Lect School of International Service

William “Bill” Godnick is Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University and a full-time Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University in Washington DC where he teaches courses in Spanish for Latin American military officers and civilian government officials on human rights and the rule law, transnational organized crime and defense policy in addition to coordinating the Caribbean Defense and Security Course. From 2009 – 2016 he was Public Security Program Coordinator for the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean based in Lima, Peru. With the United Nations he led the team that designed the technical proposal for the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as part of the 2016 peace process. Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor for Latin America for the peacebuilding NGO International Alert based in Bogota, Colombia where he worked on issues related to oil and mining operations and human rights. He began his career as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Honduras.
Bill has taught graduate courses on human security and development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and undergraduate courses in global and Latin American politics at Barry University in Miami and California State University Monterey Bay. He received his Ph.D. in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in the UK where his doctoral thesis was titled Examining the Impact of Voluntary Weapons Collection Programmes on Citizen Security in Latin America. His latest publication is Vaccination Against COVID-19 Among the Armed Forces of the Western Hemisphere (2022) published by the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.
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