David L.
Friday, December 2, 2016

David L. Phillips delivered remarks at the Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University on December 2, 2016 addressing the challenges of the global refugee crisis and potential strategic approaches to alleviating the crisis.

Friday, May 6, 2016

David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights presented his paper on "PKK Peace" at a Conference on Kurdish Studies and Politics at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (May 6, 2013). 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Phillips prepared a report, Global Truth Telling, which was presented to the National Peace Council (NPC) on February 20, 2012. NPC translated the booklet into Tamil and Sinhala and distributed it policy-makers, opinion leaders and representatives of the international community across Sri Lanka. Through NPC, the Program sponsored Patrick Burgess, an expert in truth and reconciliation commissions, to visit Sri Lanka for seminars with local civil society leaders on comparative experiences with truth and reconciliation commissions. In cooperation with the Government of Japan, the Program is organizing a delegation of 10 UN ambassadors to visit Sri Lanka and study reconciliation opportunities.

David L.
Nancy E.
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Thursday, October 1, 2015

The international community still supports unity for Iraq. But reality on the ground is dramatically different: Iraq is unified in name only. Its potential fragmentation presents a major policy challenge. This report addresses one aspect of that challenge—the move by Iraqi Kurds toward independence. The international community does not yet support Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence, but it should not stand in the way of a sizeable and coherent national community expressing its right to self-determination. This report recommends measures to manage Iraqi Kurdistan’s current challenges and potential independence. Recommendations are offered to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Government of Iraq (GOI), and other members of the international community. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U.S. Intervention was published by MIT Press and Harvard’s Kennedy School (May 2012). Liberating Kosovo not only considers diplomatic efforts, which culminated in NATO’s 1999 intervention; it also evaluates the UN’s role and state-building activities undertaken in Kosovo that are applicable to other post-conflict countries like Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Intervention criteria are also proposed. Martti Ahtisaari, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Presidential Envoy Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, and Special Representative of the Secretary General Soren Jessen-Petersen endorsed the book.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Diplomatic History: The Turkey-Armenia Protocols was published by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School (March 1, 2012). The monograph studies Turkish-Armenian rapprochement since 2001, which culminated in the signing of The Protocols on Normalization of Armenian-Turkish Relations. Though the Protocols were never ratified, the monograph offers suggestions for revitalizing diplomacy aimed at opening the Turkey-Armenia border to normal travel and trade. It was presented to an inter-agency group convened by the U.S. State Department, a briefing to staff of the House International Affairs Committee, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Turkish and Armenian officials, audiences in Turkey and Armenia, Swiss mediators, and Columbia students.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Curriculum Fostering Social Harmony among University Students in Sri Lanka provides a comprehensive course incorporating theoretical and practical lessons on interpersonal and intergroup interaction. Working with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Higher Education, the curriculum was prepared as a one-day workshop for all incoming college students throughout the country. The curriculum was also prepared as a semester-long course for the University of Jaffna, where 1,460 students are expected take the course.

Atlantic Council
Monday, June 1, 2009

The Program works on Kurdish issues in Turkey and Iraq. Phillips authored a report by the Atlantic Council – Confidence-Building Measures between Turks and Iraqi Kurds. The report proposed normalizing relations, easing border crossings, and facilitating the transit of goods from Turkey to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Soon after the report’s publication, Ankara implemented many of the report’s recommendations as part of its commercial diplomacy with the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

David L.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
David L.
National Committee on American Foreign Policy
Monday, October 15, 2007

Disarming, Demobilizing, and Reintegrating the Kurdistan Worker’s Party offered a roadmap for a final settlement of the Kurdish question. Some of the report’s recommendations on Kurdish-language media and cultural rights were implemented as part of Turkey’s “Democracy Opening.”