July 30, 2008

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will be a guest today, Wednesday, July 30, on Voice of America’s Straight Talk Africa program. Dr. Pham will discuss the People’s Republic of China’s increasing economic and political engagement in Africa, their effects on Africans, and the implications for the strategic interests of the United States. The program is scheduled to broadcast live at from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (1830 to 1930 UTC).

Straight Talk Africa is the flagship program of VOA TV to Africa. It has a live, one-hour call-in format and focuses on news and current events, political developments, social, cultural, and media issues. It is seen on VOA TV and more than thirty affiliated television stations in Africa as well as broadcast to listeners tuned into VOA Radio. The program is also available via media stream on the internet. One of the most authoritative and popular news programs focused on analyzing African issues, Straight Talk Africa is hosted by veteran journalist Shaka Ssali, managing editor of Voice of America’s English-to-Africa Service.

Joining Dr. Pham for the discussion will be Eugene Nyambal, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for the Africa Region of the International Monetary Fund and author of Creating Prosperity in Africa: Ten Keys to Get Out of Poverty (2006).