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Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council

May 3rd, 2010

Area of Expertise: Development, International Relations, Law and Human Rights, Religion, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America, Subsaharan Africa
Languages: English, French, Italian
Field of Work: Author/Novelist, Non-Governmental
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Pham2 J. Peter Pham

Dr. J. Peter Pham is the Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

Dr. Pham was previously Senior Vice President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and editor of its bimonthly journal, American Foreign Policy Interests. He was also a tenured associate professor of Justice Studies, Political Science, and Africana Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he was director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Dr. Pham primarily studies international relations and strategic issues, with particular concentrations on U.S. foreign and defense policy, African politics and security, terrorism and political violence, and religion and global affairs. He is frequently invited to testify before the United States Congress and brief senior officials of the American administration on these topics and has also served as an adviser to the United Nations, foreign governments, and multinational corporations. He has also served on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) since its creation.

The author of over 300 essays and reviews and the author, editor, or translator of over a dozen books, Dr. Pham also contributes to a number of online publications, including National Interest Online and, and regularly appears as a commentator on broadcast and print media outlets including CBS, PBS, VOA, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the BBC, Radio France Internationale, Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Times of London, New Statesman, Maclean’s, Le Monde, and Le Temps.

Pham is the incumbent vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), an academic organization which represents over 1,000 scholars of Middle Eastern and African Studies at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States and other countries, and is editor-in-chief of ASMEA’s Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Dr. Pham was the winner of the 2008 Nelson Mandela International Prize for African Security and Development, an award jointly presented by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies, the Brenthurst Foundation, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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