January 9, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will participate today and tomorrow in a high-level conference in New York City on “Security and Stability in Central Asia: Differing Interests and Perspectives.” The conference, co-sponsored by the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series (ENSS) and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), will bring together eight academic experts and twenty senior political and military officials to discuss, in an off-the-record context, differing security interests in and differing perspectives on the geopolitical sensitive region.

Dr. Pham recently completed a study, due to be published next month, entitled “Beijing’s Great Game: Understanding Chinese Strategy in Central Eurasia,” which explores the current and future policies of the People’s Republic of China in the region in the light of China’s centuries-old imperial tradition there. His study also evaluates the relevant U.S. strategic interests in the region.

Other experts participating in the conference hail from Columbia University in New York, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Nixon Center in Washington.

Participants include Matthew Bryza, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; Kassymzhomart Tokaev, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Zamira Sadykova, Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to the United States; Professor Vitaly Naumkin, President of the International Center for Strategic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Dr. George Schwab, President of the NCAFP; and eight representatives of the U.S. Army Chief of Staff.

Named for the 34 th president of the United States, the ENSS was established in 2002 by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff to address critical security issues of the present day. The program works with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army War College to engage scholars, military officers, and policymakers in exploring new ways to employ more effectively American capabilities to meet the wide range of security challenges faced by the country in the 21 st century.

The NCAFP, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau, is dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping advance American foreign policy interests from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism.