Russia rebuke at the UN: last gasp or multilateralism on the march?
Currently President of the Foreign Press Association, author, writer and broadcaster, Ian Williams graduated from Liverpool University, despite several years’ suspension for protests against its investments in South Africa. Consequently, he had a variegated career path, which included a drinking competition with Chinese Premier Chou En Lai and an argument on English Literature with Chiang Ching, aka Mme Mao.
He became a professional writer after spending six months in India on a Nuffield fellowship to study labor unions in the subcontinent. While there he met Indira Gandhi and many other politicians, including veterans of the independence struggles. As a speech writer for Labour Leader Neil Kinnock he claims a small role in Joe Biden’s career path when the latter dropped out the presidential primary when he was accused of plagiarizing one of Kinnock’s speeches.
A frequent contributor to newspapers across the world he also pundits on foreign affairs for many broadcast outlets. He has covered the UN since 1989, and as President of the UN Correspondents association 1995-1996, he founded their annual awards for UN coverage. Having worked in over 60 countries, he “pundits” on foreign affairs for sundry broadcast outlets all over the world and moderates the FPA’s series of briefings which have recently included guests from John Bolton, Shashi Tharoor to Ban Kimoon.
He has published 9 books and contributed to many more.