NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON U.S. AFRICA COMMAND

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.