January 26, 2007

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will address the Global Democracy Conference sponsored this weekend by Longwood University with support from Hampden-Sydney College.

The conference, organized around the theme of “America and the World: Sustaining Democracy in the Global Age,” began last night with a keynote address by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and will conclude on tomorrow, January 27. Other speakers include former Congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group; New York Times Deputy Foreign Editor Ethan Bonner; former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jack Matlock; and Dr. John Agresto of St. Johns University, who served as a senior official with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Dr. Pham, who was invited by the conference organizers to address some aspect of security and freedom in Africa, will speak on “Threats to Africa’s Future: Underdevelopment, Radical Islamism, and Terrorism—Why Should the U.S. Care?” His address will take place on Saturday, January 27, at 10:15 a.m. at Hampden-Sydney College.

The conference has been approved by the Jamestown 400 th Commemoration Commission as part of its Future of Democracy conference series.