NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO SPEAK TODAY AT SAIS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON

March 27, 2009

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will speak today at a conference on “China in Africa: Energy and Influence” sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Pham is scheduled to speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Kinney Auditorium in the main SAIS building at 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., in Washington D.C.

Dr. Pham will address “Looking Ahead at the Strategic Implications of China’s Expansion in Africa” as part of a plenary session at the conference on “The Impact of China in Africa: What Lies Ahead?” Other speakers on the panel will be Dr. Tukur Baba, founding director of the Center for Peace Studies in Sokoto, Nigeria; Dr. Harry Broadman, managing director of the Albright Group and former chief economist for Africa at the World Bank; Qin Zhu, political counselor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington; and Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.