Phil Williams holds the Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Williams is currently the Director of the University’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Mr. Williams also specializes in the study of transnational organized crime, the crisis of governance and the resurgence of geopolitical competition.
Dr. Williams was founding editor of the journal 'Transnational Organized Crime' and has edited several volumes on combating criminal networks such as Russian organized crime and human trafficking. He also consulted both the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and United States government agencies. He has given congressional testimony on organized crime, is a joint author for the United Nations' study on Offshore Financial Centers and Money Laundering. Mr. Williams' other focuses center on alliances among criminal organizations, terrorist finances, drugs and violence in Mexico, complexity theory and intelligence analysis.