Ambassador, Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, March 1, 2020 – Present
J. Peter Pham is the first and incumbent United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, having been appointed in 2020.
As Ambassador, Pham will be “coordinating America’s engagement with international and regional partners to address the threat from Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) and prevent the VEO threat from impacting additional areas” (CITE). Pham is the first Vietnamese American to receive the personal rank of ambassador.
Prior to being appointed ambassador, Pham was the vice president of the Atlantic council and Director of the Africa Center. He was also the vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) from 2008 to 2017. Pham has authored over 300 essays and reviews mainly focusing on African history, politics, and economics.
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