NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN RECALLS SUDAN’S LINKS TO ISLAMIST TERRORISM

June 1, 2006

HARRISONBURG—This week’s column for the World Defense Review by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, recalls the longstanding ties between successive Sudanese governments and international terrorism, especially that linked with Islamist radicals.

According to Dr. Pham, a review of the true nature of the regime in Khartoum—including its connections with groups like al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad—reveals it to not only be a humanitarian threat to the Sudanese people, as in Darfur, but “a threat to regional and world order.” On the other hand, he notes, “the nature and scope of the Sudanese government’s links with Islamists terrorists raise significantly the potential risks in any outside intervention.”

Dr. Pham’s column, entitled “Strategic Interests,” appears every Thursday in the World Defense Review, a twice-weekly publication covering military and defense news and information.

This week’s column, “REM: Islamist Terrorist Regime in Khartoum,’” can be accessed by clicking here.