Nelson Institute Director Comments on Liberia’s Future for Baltimore Sun

December 8, 2005

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, co-authored an op-ed in today’s edition of the Baltimore Sun.

The article, “Liberia Must Confront Its Past If It Wants a Brighter Future,” was co-authored with Dr. Jeremy Levitt, associate professor of law at Florida International University in Miami. Dr. Levitt is the author of The Evolution of Deadly Conflict in Liberia: From Paternaltarianism to State Collapse.

Dr. Pham is the author of Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, a study of the roots of conflict in the West African country that has been critically acclaimed in Foreign Affairs, American Foreign Policy Interests, Wilson Quarterly, and other scholarly publications. Having previously served as an international diplomat in Liberia, Dr. Pham served as a member of the United States delegation observing the first round of the Liberian election in October.

For the text of the article in the Sun, see http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.liberia08dec08,1,3252929.story?coll=bal-oped-headlines .