Nelson Institute Director Quoted in Toronto’s Globe & Mail

November 11, 2005

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, was extensively quoted in Toronto’s Globe & Mail newspaper today Friday, November 11, 2005.

Dr. Pham was interviewed by Globe & Mail reporter Shawn McCarthy for a story on the apparent victory of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of Liberia’s presidential election Tuesday, November 8. If her win at the polls is confirmed—there are allegations of vote fraud—Ms. Sirleaf would become the first woman to be elected head of state in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Pham is the author of Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, a study of the roots of conflict in the West African country that has been critically acclaimed in Foreign Affairs, American Foreign Policy Interests, Wilson Quarterly, and other scholarly publications. Having previously served as an international diplomat in Liberia, Dr. Pham recently returned there as a member of the United States delegation observing the first round of the election.

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