Ann Phillips is the senior advisor to the Civilian-Military Relations program, part of the Policy, Learning and Strategy Center at USIP. She works on the exercises, education and engagements components of the program. The common objective is to improve the effectiveness of civilian and military actors working in the same conflict-affected or fragile state.
She has co-led workshops in the ACOTA program for African Union peacekeepers on conflict assessment, Protection of Civilians, as well negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills. She has also developed and presented the governance module for the Ministry of Defence Advisory program to U.S. advisors who will serve in foreign countries.
From September 2007 until August 2011, Phillips developed and directed the Program for Security, Stability, Transition & Reconstruction at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. From September 2000 until September 2007, she was senior political economist in the Policy and Program Coordination Bureau, USAID, and was detailed to the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, Department of State, as Senior Policy Analyst and country team leader, 2006-2007.
Prior to joining the government, Phillips was a faculty member at American University and Smith College; Fulbright Professor at the Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany; and Guest Professor at the University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany.
She earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in international relations/comparative politics with a regional concentration on the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.