Nonresident Fellow

Mr. Antonio V. Butler Jr. is an experienced leader with demonstrated skills collaborating with and supporting senior executives and administrators in a decision-making capacity on key matters of institutional governance.

He is currently employed with The Bahamas Government within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer.  In this role, he is responsible for: coordinating with multi-lateral organizations and agencies; interpreting international policies; creating policy recommendations and briefing notes for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General; maintaining relationships with diplomats and conducting research to inform the development of Foreign Policy.  Recently, Mr. Butler served as a Third Secretary / Vice Consul in The Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.  He was also selected to participate in the 2023 United Nations Disarmament Programme.

Mr. Butler is also a former Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies (CNS) located at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, where he conducted research relative to “The implementation of UNSC res 1540 in the Caribbean, and ways for CARICOM to contribute towards strengthening the objectives of the resolution, regionally and globally.”  He assisted CNS and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction with the planning and organizing of the ‘Caribbean Regional Workshop on Maritime Sanctions Enforcement’ which was held in Nassau, The Bahamas, on 26th -27th April, 2023.

Mr. Butler has a Master’s degree in Development Studies – Economic Development from the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa and a BBA in Economics and Finance from the University of The Bahamas in Nassau, The Bahamas.