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G. WIlliam (Bill) Anderson

Affiliated Professor of Practice, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)
Bill Anderson
203 Carriage Drive
Staunton, VA 24401
  • B.A., French Language and Literature: Davidson College.  1969  Phi Beta Kappa
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellowship -- for a year of research and travel in the Middle East (Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank), West Africa (Ivory Coast, Burkino Faso, and Mali), and South Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan), 1969-70.
  • M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1972.  Concentration: International Development
  • Diploma, National Security, Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, 1993.  Distinguished Graduate; Commandant’s Award.
  • Business/Executive coach training, B-Coach Systems, LLC.  2004-2005 Active Executive Coach 


  • International Development
    • Foreign Aid; 
    • Conflict and Crisis Prevention/Response;
    • European Union and International Community roles in development
  • Sustainable development in Africa (21 years as USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer of which 14 years in the field in Africa (Senegal, DRC-Congo, Tanzania, and Eritrea)
  • Integration of US Government security, diplomacy, and development policies and preventive engagement efforts by Department of State, Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Congress and Foreign Assistance (6 years as Legislative Director for Rep. Clarence D. Long, Chairman of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee). '
  • Executive Coaching
  • Facilitation and training – Lead training in USAID and interagency U. S. government (USG) staff; planning, facilitation of organizational workshops, task forces, and retreats.


  • UAP 5424 – Policy, Planning, and Management in Developing Countries; co-teach with Prof. Kris Wernstedt (2018 and 2019 -- unpaid)
  • UAP 5764 – International Development Planning Studio;  co-teach with Prof. Ralph Hall. (since 2011 -- unpaid except for travel expenses in 2016)


  • “Effectively Integrating Security and Development,” Chapter 10 in The US Military in Africa:  Enhancing Security and Development?  Jessica R. Piombo (Naval Postgraduate School), editor.  Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2015.  

  • “Soldiers in Sandals."  G. William Anderson and Connie Veillette, Chapter 6 in Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?   Gordon Adams and Shoon Murray, editors. Georgetown University Press, 2014. 

  • “Bridging the Divide:  How Can USAID and DoD Integrate Security and Development More Effectively in Africa?”  The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (Winter 2014; Volume 38:1; pp. 101-126). 

  • “The U.S. – EU Development Dialogue: Building on the Legacy of the Marshall Plan,” Policy Brief, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 24, 2011:  

  • "A Twenty-First Century Vision for Economic Assistance," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Winter/Spring, 1994.

  • G. William Anderson and Charles G. Vandervoort, Rural Roads Evaluation Summary, Program Evaluation Report No. 5, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1982.

  • Effectiveness and Impact of the CARE/Sierra Leone Rural Penetration Roads Projects, Project Impact Evaluation Report No. 7, USAID, 1980. 

  • How can the U.S. Government (USG) integrate effectively security and development in its assistance to fragile states and other lower income countries?

  • How can the USG best contribute to international efforts  to prevent, mitigate, and respond to conflict and crisis in lower income countries?

  • In a time of relatively declining bilateral and multilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) to middle and lower income countries, who are the priority recipients and what are the priority uses of ODA made available by the US and by the broader international community?

  • How is systems thinking most useful in international development and preventive engagement?

  • What are the most successful examples (approaches, structures, processes, and models) of sustainable maintenance of rural infrastructure in lower income countries?

    • To what degree and in which settings can these successful cases of sustainable infrastructure maintenance be applied to urban environments?

  • What changes and actions are required by governments, regional institutions, and elements of the international community (including the US) engaged in the Lake Chad Basin regional crisis  (food insecurity, cross-border conflict and criminal activity, threats to traditional livelihoods, lack of critical services, and more) to improve the lives of the population (30 million+) living in the Lake Chad Basin?

  • What does the experience of efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE) tell us about the best ways to design, implement, evaluate, and learn from CVE programs?