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David Phillips
David Phillips

Visiting Scholar

David L. Phillips is Visiting Scholar at the Mercy College Center for Global Engagement. He is also Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as senior advisor to the United Nations Secretariat and as foreign affairs expert and senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, executive director of Columbia University's International Conflict Resolution Program, director of the Program on Conflict Prevention and Peace-building at the American University, Associate Professor at New York University's Department of Politics, and as a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He has also been a senior fellow and deputy director or the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, director of the European Centre for Common Ground, project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, president of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation, and executive director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation. Mr. Phillips is author of From Bullets to Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition (Transaction Press, 2008); Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco (Perseus Books, 2005); Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation (Berghahn Books, 2005). He has also authored many policy reports, as well as more than 100 articles in leading publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and Foreign Affairs.

Michiko Kuroda
Michiko Kuroda

Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs

Michiko Kuroda is Center for Global Engagement Visiting Fellow for United Nations Affairs and an adjunct faculty member in the International Relations and Diplomacy program. She teaches courses on The Model United Nations, International Negotiation and Diplomacy, International Security Studies, and Conflict Management. Prior to coming to Mercy College in 2011, she worked for the United Nations for 30 years in Geneva, New York, and Timor-Leste. Ms. Kuroda worked for the UN in the areas of peacekeeping, peace building, human rights, management reform, and conflict resolution. She served as Chief of Staff for UN peacekeeping and peace building operations in Timor-Leste (UNMISET, UNOTIL and UNMIT). She studied in Belgium (Catholic University of Louvain), the US (Georgetown University), and Switzerland (Graduate Institute of International Studies), as well as in Japan. She has an MA in International Relations (with concentration on international law). Her publications include "Early Warning and Conflict Resolution" (McMillan and St. Martin’s Press, New York and London, 1992). She is a Certified Mediator in New York State and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) for the International Coach Federation. Currently, she is an UNDP Peacebuilding Adviser and a United Nations Executive Coach.
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