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David L. Phillips

David L. Phillips



David L. Phillips is currently director of the Program on Peacebuilding and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions at academic institutions as executive director of Columbia University's International Conflict Resolution Program, director of American University's Program on Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and as adjunct Associate professor at New York University's Department of Politics. He has worked at think-tanks as deputy director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, senior fellow at the Preventive Diplomacy Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, and project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo. During his fellowship with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Phillips will be writing a book entitled "Diplomacy Backed by Force: How America Helped Realize Kosovo's Independence."



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September 2012

Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U.S. Intervention


By David L. Phillips

In Liberating Kosovo, David Phillips offers a compelling account of the negotiations and military actions that culminated in Kosovo's independence. Drawing on his own participation in the diplomatic process and interviews with leading participants, Phillips chronicles Slobodan Milosevic's rise to power, the sufferings of the Kosovars, and the events that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. He analyzes how NATO, the United Nations, and the United States employed diplomacy, aerial bombing, and peacekeeping forces to set in motion the process that led to independence for Kosovo.



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March 9, 2011


Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By David L. Phillips

"As the United States weighs its options in Libya, it should consider important lessons from America’s recent experience," non-resident Fellow David L. Phillips writes in his March 9, 2011 op-ed about the crisis in Libya for the Boston Globe.



September 2004

Legal Standards and Autonomy Options for Minorities in China: THE TIBETAN CASE


By Theodore C. Sorenson and David L. Phillips

Legal Standards and Autonomy Options for Minorities in China: The Tibetan Case is a resource for strengthening minority rights and autonomy arrangements in the ethnic Tibetan areas in China. Rather than attempt to address all 55 of China's minority groups, the report focuses on the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetans in the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, and Sichuan. Effective autonomy would enhance, not impair, China's sovereignty and territorial integrity while reinforcing its stated commitment to the rule of law. Autonomy is also the best and most realistic way to preserve Tibetan culture.



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