Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Between 2011 and 2019, he was also a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York where he managed the “Providing for Peacekeeping Project.” He has also been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. His research focuses on the politics of contemporary peace operations and conflict trends in Africa. His books include Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A History and Analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007-2017 (Oxford University Press, 2018); War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2016); and ed. The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (Oxford University Press, 2015).