Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Professor

History

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Liberal Arts 334

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.

Survey of the cultures and ethnic groups of Islamic Central Asia (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc.) from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Provides an introduction to Islam and the various empires of Central Asia such as the state of Attila the Hun, Arab Empire, Mongol Khanates, Soviet Union and Taliban in Afghanistan.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

A broad cultural, religious, political, geographic survey of the historical roots of terrorism in this strategic region. Special emphasis on understanding Osama bin Laden, Iraqi insurgents, 9/11, and trans-national jihadism.
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Research

Research interests

  • America's post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria
  • CIA drone warfare and global counter-terrorism
  • Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorism and warfare
  • Islamic Central Asia, Crimea, Russia, Chechnya, Ukraine, Turkey, Balkans
  • History of the Ottoman Islamic and Mongol Empires and Barbarian conquests

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