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Ann L. Phillips

Former Public Policy Scholar


    May 4, 2012 — March 30, 2013

    Professional affiliation

    Former Professor of International Security Studies Director, Program in Security, Stability, Transition and Reconstruction, George C. Marshall Center, Germany

    Wilson Center Projects

    “Programmed to Fail? U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Missions.”

    Full Biography

    Ann Phillips worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from September 2000 until September 2007, where she helped develop USAID’s policies and strategies on fragile states, stabilization and reconstruction, and promotion of good governance. Ann then went on to work for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, where she was Director of the Program for Security, Stability, Transition & Reconstruction. Since leaving the Marshall Center in August 2011, she lectures and is writing a book on stabilization and reconstruction missions.

    Prior to her work with USAID, Ann was professor of international relations and comparative politics from 1986 until 2000, first at Smith College in Northampton, MA and then at American University in Washington, D.C.

    Major Publications

    • “Transitions and the Concept of Local Ownership: Importance and Impediments,” Transitions:  Issues, Challenges and Solutions in International Assistance, Harry R. Yarger, ed. PKSOI 2011; pp,57-68
    • “Mozambique: A Chance for Peace” a case study in the Center for Complex Operations series
    • “Afghan Priorities for Stabilization and Reconstruction,” the Regional Policy Forum, Uzbekistan, July 2010 
    • “Local Ownership: The Achilles Heel of Foreign Assistance to Fragile States,” From Fragile State to Functioning State: Pathways to Democratic Transformation in Comparative Perspective. Sabine Collmer, ed.  Berlin: Lit Verlag.  Autumn 2009, pp. 75-96.