Philippe “Phil” Dickinson is a deputy director with the Transatlantic Security Initiative (TSI) at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this capacity, he supports TSI’s work related to NATO and strengthening the transatlantic alliance more broadly.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Dickinson was a career diplomat with the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Most recently, he served in the political team at the British Embassy Washington, providing analysis of US politics and policy issues, working to promote the UK-US relationship, and building relationships with bipartisan leaders across the United States.

Dickinson has previously served in postings at the UK High Commission Colombo, where he worked to advance human rights and democracy in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and covered South Asian regional security; and at the UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, focused on the conflict in Syria. In London, Dickinson has worked on a diverse range of issues, including counterterrorism in the Middle East and consular strategy for British nationals in prisons around the world. He has also worked in the UK Ministry of Defence in London, on programs to support the UK Armed Forces community; and he has managed projects at the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport in partnership with some of the United Kingdom’s biggest museums.

He began his career in East Asia, first as an English teacher in Okinawa, Japan, and then in Beijing, where he worked as an interpreter and policy analyst for the European Union Delegation to China, and as an energy policy officer for the British Embassy Beijing. Dickinson graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Chinese studies, with Japanese, and speaks five languages.