J. Peter Pham

  • Congolese President Cites Threat from ISIS, Seeks US Help to Fight Terrorism

    The Islamic State, pushed out of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, could seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of Africa, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi warned in a meeting at the Atlantic Council in Washington on April 4. He sought a “strategic partnership” with the United States, one of the pillars of which would be military assistance to address the challenge of terrorism.


    “It is easy to see how the defeat of Daesh, the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq could lead to a situation where these groups are now going to come into Africa and take advantage of the pervasive poverty and also the situation of chaos that we have, for example, in Beni and Butembo, to set up their caliphate,” Tshisekedi said, referring to cities in northeastern DRC which have been gripped by deadly violence.


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  • Congolese President Discusses Strategic Partnership with the United States

    On Thursday, April 4, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted H.E. Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


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  • Mali’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Discuss Security Sector

    On Wednesday, March 27, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted H.E. Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, prime minister, and H.E. Kamissa Camara, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, of the Republic of Mali, for a discussion on the security situation in Mali and the Sahel region.


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  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate on Sexual Violence in the DRC

    On January 28, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, for a discussion on the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

    Introducing the distinguished guest, Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham highlighted the magnitude of Mukwege’s work over the years, treating more than 85,000 women and girls since 1999 – 50,000 of whom have been survivors of sexualized violence – and doing so with a unique combination of medical treatment, psycho-social support, community reintegration, legal assistance to pursue justice, and advocacy.


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  • Pham Quoted in Financial Times on Tensions Mounting Over Congo Poll Results Delay


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  • Our Holiday Reading List

    We asked our community of experts for a list of books they would recommend for the holidays. Whether you like to read from cover to cover or between the lines, we have you covered.
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  • Hruby and Pham Quoted in The Financial Times on Bolton's Speech on African Policy


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  • Phams Joins VOA to Discuss His Appointment as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region


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  • Pham Quoted in Moscow Times on Russian Influence in Africa


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  • Atlantic Council Statement on the Appointment of J. Peter Pham as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa

    Washington – Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe today issued the following statement on Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to appoint J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, as United StatesSpecial Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa:

    “The Atlantic Council is proud that Secretary of State Pompeo has selected one of our own, J. Peter Pham, to serve in the role of Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, to address the numerous challenges facing the region and represent the United States in negotiations on commercial and diplomatic issues.

    For more than seven years, the Atlantic Council has been privileged to have Peter on our team. Peter has produced a great number of cutting edge projects and impressive written work focused on the African continent. It’s difficult to imagine anyone with deeper subject-matter expertise on the challenges faced by Africans or US ties with the countries of the African Great Lakes. No one has greater passion for the people and the opportunities that exist in those relationships. Few, if any, Americans enjoy greater trust and respect among our African partners.


    We are delighted that Peter will maintain his role as Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director of our Africa Center. We look forward to supporting him as he takes on this important role at the Department of State.”


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