NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS U.S. INSTITUTE OF PEACE ON PEACEBUILDING IN LIBERIA

November 13, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will address a public meeting of the Liberia Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace today at the institution’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Dr. Pham, author of a widely acclaimed book, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, will discuss “ Liberia’s Peacebuilding Efforts: One Year After Transition.” Also speaking at the event will be John Kollie, fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. Dr. Dorina Bekoe, senior research associate at the institute’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, will moderate the discussion. For more information on this event, including registration details for those in the capital area, click here.

The U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformations, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute manages a number of study and working groups which conduct forward-looking, independent assessment of current and prospective situations in various countries and their impact on their regions and consequences for U.S. interests, including the Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton.