November 27, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, is cited in a feature article on the Republic of Somaliland in the current issue of the Foreign Service Journal.

The nine-page article, “Somaliland: A Democracy Under Threat,” by Elizabeth Spiro Clark of the Institute for the Study of Democracy at Georgetown University, argues both that “given the evolution of international norms and standards, there is an argument for democracy as a basis for according international legitimacy to Somaliland” and that “there is no doubt that Somaliland has a claim on the international community’s attention—in the words of the U.S. National Intelligence Strategy—to ‘war off threats to representative democracy.’”

Clark references Dr. Pham’s extensive work on the question of Somaliland by noting:

Writing in World Defense Review, James Madison University expert J. Peter Pham recommends that the U.S. establish at least a minimal consular presence in Hargeisa and pursue some security cooperation with Somaliland, through the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, based in Djibouti. This, he notes, is in line with CJTF-HOA’s mandate of terrorist interdiction—an urgent mandate vis-à-vis Somaliland, with its 500-kilometer-long border with Somalia—and its mission to “win hearts and minds for America.” At present, however, U.S. policy forbids task force troops from even entering Somaliland.

The Foreign Service Journal is the monthly publication of the American Foreign Service Association, founded in 1924 as the professional association of the United States Foreign Service. The periodical covers foreign affairs from the perspective of U.S. Foreign Service officers and members of Washington’s foreign policy establishment. Until her retirement in 2000, Clark was a twenty-year career Foreign Service officer and was a longtime member of the editorial board of the Foreign Service Journal.

To read Clark’s article from the November 2006 issue of the Foreign Service Journal, click here.