NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR GIVES FIRST PRESENTATION AT UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE ON AFRICA COMMAND

March 20, 2009

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, gave the opening presentation today at a conference on the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.

Dr. Pham spoke on “The U.S. Africa Command: The Strategic Assumptions.” Other speakers at the conference on “Conflict, Human Security, and Energy: African Reaction to the New U.S. Africa Command” included Jerry Lanier, foreign policy advisor to AFRICOM; Dr. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense; Dr. Mathurin Houngnikpo and Dr. Assis Malaquias of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University; Dr. John Harbeson of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Edward Brynn, former U.S. ambassador to Burkina Faso and to Ghana; and Dan Simpson, former U.S. ambassador to the Central African Republic, to Somalia, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Named for the four-star general who commanded United Nations forces in Korea and went on to serve as Supreme Allied Commander-Europe and 19 th Chief of Staff of the United States Army before retiring to suburban Pittsburgh where he lived until his death in 1993, the Ridgway Center is dedicated to generating scholarship that educates the next generation of security analysts. Its purpose is to produce original and impartial analysis that informs policymakers who must confront diverse challenges to state and human security on a global scale.