NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR CITED IN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS REPORT ON AFRICA COMMAND

May 4, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, was cited in a Council on Foreign Relations report on the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) which was released yesterday. The “Backgrounder” by Stephanie Hanson, The Pentagon’s New Africa Command, notes:

J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, calls Africom’s creation “long overdue” in light of U.S. dependence on Africa’s oil, its concern over radical Islamist groups targeting the region, and the continent’s identity as “an arena for intense diplomatic competition with other states with global ambitions, like China.”

Dr. Pham, who has written extensively on the subject, was the only expert quoted who is not a current or former U.S. government official. Other authorities cited in the report were Dr. Susan Rice of the Brookings Institution, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President Bill Clinton; Ambassador Robert G. Loftis, Senior Advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Political and Military Affairs and a member of the Africa Command Transition Team; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan; Rear Admiral Robert T. Moeller, Head of the Africa Command Transition Team; and Dr. Chester A. Crocker of Georgetown University, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.

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