NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON U.S. POLICY TOWARDS ETHIOPIA

May 10, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, is scheduled to testify today at a joint subcommittee hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives.

The eight-member Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, chaired by Congressman William D. Delahunt (D-Massachusetts), and the eleven-member Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, chaired by Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-New Jersey), are holding an open joint hearing on “Is There a Human Rights Double Standard? U.S. Policy Toward Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Dr. Pham will speak on “Responsible U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia: Context, Challenges, and Opportunities of a Strategically Vital Relationship.” Also appearing as witnesses will be Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, Professor of African Studies at Howard University, and Ms. Lynn Fredriksson, Advocacy Director for Africa at Amnesty International U.S.A.

For the text of Dr. Pham's testimony, click here.