Heather Williams

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Heather Williams

Heather Williams is a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, where her research focuses on arms control, nuclear modernization, and US-Russia relations. Until 2015 she was a Research Fellow at Chatham House, and in 2014 completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Dr. Williams previously worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses and the U.S. Department of Defense.

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De-certifying the Iran nuclear deal: Trump’s credibility at stake

Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal has been in limbo...

Strategic Ghosting: Waning US-UK Global Leadership

While many assessments of the June 8th general election in the United Kingdom have focused on its impact on Brexit, a less explored question is what it will mean for a cornerstone of Britain’s security policy - its “special relationship” with the United States and the ability of the US-UK alliance to shape gl...

Brexit and the Intellectuals

A recent New York Times article asked, “Will London Fall?” It was accompanied by nostalgic black-and-white photos, suggesting the end of an era and that London’s time as the global capital is waning...

From Tokyo to Tallinn: Trump and Stability in Northeast Asia

Asia is poised to be a focal point for the Donald Trump administration. General James Mattis’s first overseas trip as Secretary of Defense was to key allies in the region, South Korea and Japan...

Overcharged or Overblown?: Nuclear Risks and Trump's Tweets

On December 22, US President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that the United States should “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” This was likely in response to a ...

Interest will trump friendship: another difficult “reset” in US-Russia relations

Donald Trump’s election confirms that we are in the era of big-personality politics. Of the many questions about Trump’s plans for foreign policy, perhaps none is greater than how he will interact with another big political personality, President Vladimir Putin of Russia...

Putin’s 'October surprise' and the US election

It’s not even October and already the U.S. presidential election has had a few surprises: Donald Trump’s attack on the family of a veteran and Hillary Clinton’s recent bout of pneumonia, to name a few. But perhaps the biggest surprise thus far has been the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), potentially supported by the Russian government...

The US, Russia and NATO: awaiting the next "reset"

US policy towards Russia is not all about NATO. At the same time, it is not not about NATO. The Alliance's Warsaw Summit, which took place on July 8-9, emphasized the need to deter Russian aggression and to strengthen reassurance among allies. It also set the tone in NATO-US-Russia relations for the next US president...

Nuclear rights: the biggest unanswered question in the Iran deal

Ultimately, the Iran deal succeeded because it acknowledged Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology. But the careful language of the agreement is unlikely to settle the biggest debate throughout the negotiations: does Iran have the right to enrich uranium?...

Two Russian tales, same ending: doubling down on defense

In Russia, things are often not as they seem. When analyzing Russia it is wise, therefore, to examine the popular narrative but never to accept it at face value. Often an alternative explanation emerges, and this is particularly true when it comes to politics and money...