David L. Phillips

Director of the Peace-building and Human Rights Program at Columbia University

David L. Phillips, an on-air and online contributor to CNBC, has worked on Kurdish issues for over 25 years. He is currently the director of the Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He is a former senior adviser and foreign affairs expert to the U.S. Department of State during the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.