Ann Phillips is the senior advisor to the Nagorno-Karabakh Project, part of the Inclusive Peace Processes program at USIP. In addition to ongoing research and writing, she has drafted a conflict assessment, helped develop the workshop agenda for journalists from the region, and worked on other options for engagement.
Previously, she was senior advisor to USIP's civilian-military relations program, which focused on improving the effectiveness of civilian and military actors working in the same conflict-affected or fragile state. In addition, she co-led workshops in the ACOTA program for African Union peacekeepers and led the governance module for the Ministry of Defense Advisory program for U.S. advisors detailed to foreign countries.
From 2007 until 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. Before that, she was a senior political economist in the Policy and Program Coordination Bureau at USAID and was detailed to the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, Department of State, as a senior policy analyst and country team leader between 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; and guest professor at the University of Rostock. She earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in international relations and comparative politics with a regional concentration on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as well as a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University.