Dr. Heather Williams

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Project on Nuclear Issues
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCopy Link

Heather Williams is a visiting fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard Kennedy
School. She is visiting from King’s College London where she is a senior lecturer (associate professor)
in the Defence Studies Department and Centre for Science and Security Studies. From 2020 to 2021
she was a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and
from 2018 to 2019 she was a specialist adviser to the House of Lords International Relations and
Defence Committee. Her research focuses on arms control, emerging technologies, crisis escalation,
and the global nuclear order. Her work has appeared in the Washington Quarterly, War on the
Rocks, and the Journal of Strategic Studies. Heather is also a senior associate fellow at the European
Leadership Network, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and a member of the
Wilton Park Advisory Council. She is an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense
Analyses (IDA), where she has worked since 2008. Heather has a PhD in war studies from King’s
College London, an MA in security policy studies from the George Washington University, and a BA
in international relations and Russian studies from Boston University.

Authored by Dr. Heather Williams

Integrated Arms Control in an Era of Strategic Competition

Can contemporary arms control keep pace with the rapid rate of change in both geopolitics and technology? This study examines the implication and prospects for the future of arms control in a highly competitive security environment in which challenges from advanced technologies and diminished state control over processes of verification become increasingly prominent features, even as the scope and modalities of arms control grow more complex and multifaceted.