March 31, 2008

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, is an invited speaker at a conference on “China and Africa: Challenges and the Quest for Viable Peace, Stability, and Development” sponsored by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University in Washington, D.C., today and tomorrow.

Dr. Pham address on “Between Hope and Fear: China’s Africa Strategy, African Perceptions—Implications for the United States” will be delivered to a plenary session of the conference today, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Armour J. Blackburn University Center.

Other speakers at the conference include Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong of the People’s Republic of China to the United States; Ambassador Josefina Pitra Diakite of Angola; Ambassador Usman A. Baraya of Nigeria; Ambassador John Lueth Ukec of Sudan; Ambassador David Shinn, former U.S. envoy to Ethiopia; Dr. Harry Broadman, senior Africa advisor to the World Bank; Dr. Raymond Gilpin, Director of the Center for Economics and Conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace; Dr. Gwendolyn Mikell of Georgetown University; and Dr. Jennifer G. Cooke, Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Directed by Ambassador Horace G. Dawson, Jr., the Bunche Center was established in 1993 with substantial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to serve as a focal point of Howard University’s international activities and interests. Chartered by the United States Congress in 1867, Howard University is one of only 48 private, doctoral/research-extensive universities in America, comprising twelve schools and colleges with 10,500 students enjoying academic pursuits in more than 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.