October 1, 2008

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will speak today in Washington, D.C., at a mini-symposium to mark the operational launch of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) as an independent unified combatant command. The event, hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will focus on the theme of “AFRICOM and Beyond: The Future of U.S.-African Security and Defense Relations.”

In addition to Dr. Pham, other speakers include Marine Corps General Carlton W. Fulford, former director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University; Rear Admiral James M. Hart, deputy director of strategy and plans for AFRICOM; Ambassador Robert Houdek, national intelligence officer for Africa between 1997 and 2006 and previously U.S. ambassador to Eritrea and Uganda; and Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs.

For more information on the event, as well as for audio, video, and transcripts from it which will subsequently be posted by the American Enterprise Institute, click here.