Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President

Peter PhamJ. Peter Pham is the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and Africa Project Director at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York City and Associate Professor of Justice Studies, Political Science, and African Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.

Professor Pham has authored, edited, or translated over a dozen books—including, most recently, Somalia: Fixing Africa’s Most Failed State (2013, co-authored with Greg Mills and David Kilcullen)—and is the author of over three hundred essays and reviews on a wide variety of subjects in scholarly and opinion journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He regularly contributes to a number of online publications, including National Interest Online and ForeignPolicy.com.

Professor Pham has testified before the U.S. Congress on numerous occasions and conducted briefings or consulted for the U.S. and foreign governments as well as private firms. He has appeared in various media outlets, including CBS, PBS, CBC, SABC, VOA, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the BBC, Radio France Internationale, the Associated PressReutersThe Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Washington TimesUSA Today, National JournalNewsweekThe Weekly StandardNew Statesman, and Maclean’s, among others.

In addition to serving as ASMEA’s Vice President, Professor Pham is Editor-in-Chief of the Association’s flagship publication, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa.