U.S. INSTITUTE OF PEACE BRIEFING PAPER HIGHLIGHTS NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LIBERIA

December 13, 2006

HARRISONBURG—A briefing paper published today by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) highlights recommendations by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, for supporting and strengthening peacebuilding efforts in Liberia.

The report, entitled Liberia’s Peacebuilding Efforts: One Year After Transition, was published in the “USIPeace Briefing” series and was authored by Dr. Dorina Bekoe, senior research associate at the USIP Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, and Christina Parajón, a program associate with the Center. It drew on a panel conducted for the USIP’s newly created Liberia Working Group by Dr. Pham, author of a widely acclaimed book, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, and Liberian journalist John O. Kollie, who is currently a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.

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.

The text of the briefing can be accessed online by clicking here.