Ann Florini is Visiting Professor and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. She is also Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on new approaches to global governance, including the roles of civil society and the private sector in addressing global issues. Currently, she is examining governance in the energy sector. She co-chairs the international Task Force on Transparency, part of an international consortium spearheaded by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University.
From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Florini was Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1996 to 1997 she served as research director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Project on World Security. She was Senior Researcher at the Center for International and Strategic Affairs at UCLA from 1987 to 1992. From 1983 to 1987 she was at the United Nations Association of the USA, where she created and directed the Project on Multilateral Issues and Institutions.
Her book The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (Island Press, 2003/Brookings Press 2005) has been praised as “a beautifully written, highly accessible, authoritative explanation of how the world is changing and what we can do about those changes.” Her edited volume, The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society, was critically acclaimed as a “superb volume” that “makes the case for a new understanding of transnational civil society. She is co-author of the monograph Secrets for Sale: How Commercial Satellite Imagery Will Change the World. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Disarmament Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Harvard International Review, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Issues in Science and Technology, New Perspectives Quarterly, and WorldLink. She is also the author of numerous book chapters, monographs, and policy briefs.
Dr. Florini received her Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University.