July 30, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, is scheduled to testify Thursday, August 2, 2007, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives.

The eleven-member subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-New Jersey), is conducting a hearing on “Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement or the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations?” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pham is the only American not a government official being called before the panel.

Dr. Pham is the author of several books and numerous articles on African political and security affairs and writes a one-of-a-kind weekly column on security issues affecting that continent and American interests, “Strategic Interests,” which is distributed by the World Defense Review. Dr. Pham has consulted for a number of government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense, and testified before Congress, most recently on May 10, when he appeared a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health to speak on “Responsible U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia: Context, Challenges, and Opportunities of a Strategically Vital Relationship.”

Also appearing as witnesses at Thursday’s hearing will be Michael E. Hess, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; Steven D. Mull, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs; Theresa M. Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa; Kurt Schillinger, Security and Terrorism Research Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs; and Dr. Wafula Okumu, Director of the African Security Analysis Programme at the South African Institute for Security Studies.