September 6, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will be one of keynote speakers at the 2006 Somaliland Conference sponsored by the Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute (SOPRI). This year’s conference will take place in Washington, D.C., from September 8-10.

Dr. Pham, who has written extensively as well as testified before the United States Congress on the subject, will speak on “Maintaining Peace and Security amid the Current Situation in the Horn of Africa: Outlines of a Realistic and Sustainable Policy.” He will deliver his address at the afternoon plenary session of the conference on September 8.

Other keynote speakers include Ambassador Princeton Lyman of the Council on Foreign Relations; Ambassador David Shinn of the Elliott School of International Service of the American University; Dr. I.M. Lewis of the University of London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies, internationally considered the “dean of Somali studies”; and Dr. William Reno of Northwestern University.

Also attending the conference will be President Dahir Rayale Kahin of the Republic of Somaliland, members of his cabinet, and other government officials, who will also meet with U.S. government officials during their stay in Washington.

According to Saeed Megag Samater, president of SOPRI, Dr. Pham was invited to “add his considerable expertise and voice to what many experts consider Africa’s best kept secret in the midst of a turbulent region.”