April 20, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, has inaugurated a new column for the World Defense Review, a twice weekly publication covering military and defense news and information.

With his new column, entitled “Strategic Interests,” Dr. Pham joins World Defense Review executive editor W. Thomas Smith, a former Marine infantry leader and military author; terrorism scholar Dr. Walid Phares, who spoke at JMU earlier this year; and award-winning journalist Abigail R. Esman as a regular columnist for the publication. Occasional contributors include senior retired military and intelligence officers, including Brigadier General David L. Grange, a former commander of Special Forces and Delta Force; Colonel Jeff Bearor, former chief of staff of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command; and Commander Richard Marcinko, founder and first commander of the SEAL Team Six counterterrorism force (now the Naval Special Warfare Development Group).

Dr. Pham’s first column, published today, is entitled “The War on Terrorism’s Forgotten Front.” The essay argues that the lack of serious attention paid to terrorist challenges in sub-Saharan Africa is “not only shortsighted, but it undermines potential successes elsewhere” and focuses in particular on the extremist Islamist threats in Somalia.

Dr. Pham’s first column can be accessed by clicking here.