Dr. J. Peter Pham
Director, Michael S. Ansari Africa Center
Dr. J. Peter Pham is the Director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.
Pham was previously Senior Vice President of the National Committee on
American Foreign Policy in New York City, 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
He has served on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S.
Africa Command (AFRICOM) since its creation and regularly lectures on
African affairs at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Army War
College, the Joint Special Operations University, and other U.S.
Government professional educational institutions.
The author of
over 300 essays and reviews and the author, editor, or translator of
over a dozen books, Dr. Pham also contributes regularly to a number of
online publications, including National Interest Online and
ForeignPolicy.com, and frequently 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, Le
Temps, Newsweek Japan, and Sanlian Life Week.
He 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
editor-in-chief of ASMEA’s Journal of the Middle East and Africa,
published by Taylor and Francis.
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.