NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO TESTIFY AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON SOMALIA

June 23, 2009

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, is scheduled to testify on Thursday, June 25, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives.

The eleven-member subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-New Jersey), is conducting a hearing on “ Somalia: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Terrorism.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pham, an associate professor of justice studies, political science, and Africana studies, is the author of several books and numerous articles on African political and security affairs and writes a weekly column on security issues affecting that continent and American interests, “Strategic Interests,” which is distributed by the World Defense Review. He is also vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), an organization made up of more than seven hundred professors of Middle Eastern and African Studies at over two hundred colleges and universities. Dr. Pham has consulted for a number of government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense, and testified before Congress on numerous occasions. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he served as the lead adviser on African affairs to the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.

Also scheduled to appear as witnesses at the hearing are His Excellency Mohamed Omaar, foreign minister of the Republic of Somalia; His Excellency Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud (Farole), president of Puntland State of Somalia; His Excellency Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, defense minister of the Republic of Uganda; and Ted Dagne, a specialist in African affairs at the Congressional Research Service.