Course Leaders

Tim Phillips

past_tim2Timothy Phillips is a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation and co-founder of Beyond Conflict, a global non-profit initiative founded in 1992. Using the unique approach of Shared Experience, Beyond Conflict helped catalyze the field of transitional justice in post-communist Europe and is internationally recognized for contributions to peace and reconciliation processes in several nations including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. Mr. Phillips’ work with Beyond Conflict (then known as the Project on Justice in Times of Transition) was featured in the PBS documentary “The Visionaries” and the New York Times Magazine. Under Mr. Phillips’ leadership, Beyond Conflict recently published a self-titled book featuring six diverse leaders who have worked with the organization, and launched a partnership with MIT to conduct cutting-edge research on the relationship between neuroscience and social conflict. Mr. Phillips has advised the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and the Council of Europe. He has been a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Congress, and has lectured at several universities. Mr. Phillips helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, a forum for about 90 former democratic heads of state and government. Mr. Phillips has also been a leader in the movement to implement renewable energy worldwide, having helped found Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which developed privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America. Mr. Phillips serves on the board of directors, trustees and overseers of several international organizations as well as cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Nir Eisikovits

past_nir2Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of legal and political philosophy at Suffolk University where he co-founded and directs the Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy. Nir’s research focuses on the moral and political dilemmas arising after war. He is author of A Theory of Truces (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Brill) and co-editor of Theorizing Transitional Justice (Ashgate). Nir is also guest editor for a recent issue of Theoria on The Idea of Peace in the Age of Asymmetrical Warfare. Nir has written numerous articles on political reconciliation, transitional justice, the role of forgiveness in politics, truth commissions and the ethics of war. An Israeli attorney, Eisikovits earned his Ph.D from Boston University in 2005. In addition to his scholarly work, Nir comments frequently on the Middle East conflict for major American newspapers and magazines. His op-eds and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the National Interest the Forward and Cognoscenti among others.

Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky

past_lee-or2Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky is the Senior Program Officer at Beyond Conflict where he’s been since 2012. He assists in the development and implementation of project programs, with a particular emphasis on the Neuroscience and Social Conflict Initiative. Prior to joining Beyond Conflict, he worked for other non-profits in the Boston area in research and administrative capacities. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with Bachelor of Arts in Government.