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STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

Senior Diplomatic Advisor and Lead, TSG DIALOGUE FOR MUTUAL SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

Stephanie Williams has 27 years of experience of diplomatic service, first in the U.S. Foreign Service and recently in the United Nations, focused on the Middle East and North Africa.  From 2018-2021, she served first as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) and then as the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General (ASRSG) for Libya and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).  During her tenure as the ASRSG, Stephanie led the United Nations’ mediation that resulted in a nation-wide Libyan ceasefire agreement signed on October 23, 2020, and a political agreement reached on February 5, 2021 that produced Libya’s first unity government in seven years.  Under her direction, the parties to the Libyan conflict also agreed to the holding of national elections on December 24, 2021. 

From 1994 to 2018, Stephanie served in the U.S. Foreign Service.  She headed the U.S. Embassy to Libya prior to her retirement with the rank of Minister Counselor.  Stephanie also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Iraq and Jordan and was the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain during the Arab Spring.  Earlier postings included Pakistan, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.  She served in policy positions in the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs Bureau, including as director of the Maghreb Affairs Office and was the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards during her Foreign Service career.

Born in Maryland, USA. Stephanie has a Master of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College in addition to a double Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Government Relations from the University of Maryland.  She is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and the Foreign Policy Institute of The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Stephanie speaks Arabic and has been published by Brookings, Asharq Al-Awsat and Newsline and appeared on a number of television programs and podcasts.  She is married with two college-age children.


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