Ann Florini

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies

The Brookings Institution

Phone: (202) 797-6087

Ann Florini is Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where she directs the program on New Approaches to Global Governance. Her research focuses on the roles of civil society and the private sector in addressing global issues. She co-chairs the international Task Force on Transparency, part of an international consortium spearheaded by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. In addition, she directs the World Economic Forum's Global Governance Initiative, which brings together scores of leading experts from around the world to assess annually global efforts to achieve the world's goals as outlined in such widely adopted agreements as the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

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 recent book, The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (Island Press, 2003) 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. She has appeared on CNN, ABC, and NBC. Dr. Florini received her Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

Focus: Finance, Globalization, Governance, United States, Global

Selected Publications:

"Is Global Civil Society a Good Thing?," New Perspectives Quarterly (spring 2004)

"Behind Closed Doors: Government Transparency Gives Way to Secrecy," Harvard International Review (Spring 2004)

"The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World," (Island Press, 2003)

"Corporate Social Responsibility: the new Social Contract," What's Next: Key Issues for Corporate Decision Makers, Future Directions International, Australia (September 2003)

"Business and Global Governance: The Growing Role of Corporate Codes of Conduct," Brookings Review (Spring 2003)

"Increasing Transparency in Government," International Journal on World Peace (19:3, September 2002)

"Transform Trade," The Miami Herald, with Robert Johnson (November 21, 2001)

"Overhauling the WTO: Opportunity at Doha and Beyond," with John Audley, Policy Brief no. 6 (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 2001)

"Transnational Civil Society," in Michael Edwards and John Gaventa, editors, Global Citizen Action (Lynne Rienner, 2001)

"Better Ways to Run the World," OECD Observer (no. 228, September 2001)

"Decent Exposure," WorldLink: The Magazine of the World Economic Forum (July/August 2001)

The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society (Japan Center for International Exchange/Carnegie Endowment, 2000)

Secrets for Sale: How Commercial Satellite Imagery Will Change the World, with Yahya Dehqanzada (Carnegie Endowment, 2000)

"Does the Invisible Hand Need a Transparent Glove?" in Proceedings of the 11th Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics (Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2000)

"Tools for Global Management," Christian Science Monitor (September 13, 2000)

"Commercial Satellite Imagery Comes of Age," Issues in Science and Technology (Fall 1999)

"The End of Secrecy," Foreign Policy (Summer 1998)


civil society and NGOs; corporate social responsibility; global governance; globalization; international organizations; transparency

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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