Philip S. Kosnett is an American career Senior Foreign Service Officer who designed and developed games for Jagdpanther, SPI, and Metagaming in the 1970s and 1980s, while a high school and college student.
In July 2018 Kosnett was nominated by the President, and in September confirmed by the Senate, to be the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kosovo. While serving as Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Kosnett was part of a large team of public- and private-sector individuals who worked to secure American Pastor Andrew Brunson's release from prison in October 2018. He began his assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina in December 2018.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1983, Kosnett has spent most of his State Department career in positions dealing with counterterrorism, security cooperation and crisis management, including most recently:
2018-present Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo.
2016-2018 Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
2011-2014 Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
2009-2010 Political-Military Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
2008-2009 Deputy Political-Military Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
2007-2008 Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General, Multi-National Corps–Iraq.
2004-2007 Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy Reykjavik, Iceland.
2004 Provincial administrator for Najaf, Iraq, under the Coalition Provisional Authority.
He served earlier in Kosovo, The Netherlands, Japan, and Turkey, as well as several tours in Washington mostly dealing with European and international security affairs. Kosnett graduated from Harvard in 1982.