Lord Williams of Baglan joined the Council of Swansea University in 2013. He is Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and Trustee of the BBC. He is also a Governor of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London where he completed his Ph.D. on Islamic radicalism in Indonesia. He worked for the United Nations in Cambodia and the Balkans and was Director for Asia and the Middle East in the UN Secretariat in New York between 2005 and 2007. From 2008 to 2011 he was Special Representative of the Secretary General in Lebanon. He also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2000 to 2005 as Special Adviser to two Foreign Secretaries, Robin Cook and Jack Straw.

Lord Williams is a frequent contributor to the BBC, Financial Times and the Guardian.