How to read David L. Phillips?
Here is the deal. He is titled as:
David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies, utive 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 of 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 utive 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.
His article is puplished in The Huffington Post on January 13, 2015 about Turkey and Gulen Movement. Little after Today's Zaman puplished the news about Phillips article in The Huffington Post on their Today's Zaman, showing 'Phillips urges Washington not to extradite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen to Turkey, noting that attacks on Gülen are part of a pattern to silence dissent.'
They added also the satetment 'He said he is more interested in what Gulen has to say about Turkish domestic politics, adding that the US Congress should invite Gülen to testify and asked about alleged criminal activities of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Erdoğan, including recent suggestions of ties between Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL).'
Here is the question to Phillips what Today's Zaman article mentioning about him. Has Phillips puplished his article the same way how Today's Zaman reflects?
I had personally given him a call on Tuesday around 5pm mountain time.
- I asked his permission first if I could ask him a question about Gulen movement and also asked if he is okay to record our conversation.
- He replied that was not a good time and he was having dinner with his family. I asked if it would be better call him some another time for recording and he steered me to email and then he would make his decision.
- Besides that I asked him 'if he confirms or denies the article what Today's Zaman puplished'.
He clearly stated 'He is not on any party's side, he is just a Peace Builder' and he added he did not have time right time and hanged up the phone.
Just after this conversation I have received email Phillips:
I'm very busy at work. Therefore, please not contact me via email. It was very resourceful of you to find my private cell number but please don't call it in the future.
Sincerely, David Phillips
Sincerely, David Phillips