Could Somaliland get recognition under Donald Trump’s presidency?
Numerous websites are reporting that Dr. J. Peter Pham is in the lead to become the next Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, under President Donald J. Trump.
Dr. J. Peter Pham is Director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael Ansari Africa Center – a think tank focusing on African policy and actions of Africa Nations.
Pham is more than capable of handling the position, carrying extensive knowledge of almost every African nation – even the unrecognized Republic of Somaliland.
Pham is a strong supporter of Somaliland recognition, and has publicly supported Somaliland for more than a decade now.
Pham was also a member of an international election observer team, that observed over Somaliland’s 2010 Presidential Election.
If given the job, there is no doubt that Pham will quickly push for closer ties with Somaliland – but will President Trump agree?
President Trump has never spoken about Somaliland publicly – and there is a good chance that he probably has never even heard of Somaliland – but from what we’ve seen over the past few weeks, he is definitely not afraid to implement policy new to the US.
Moreover, Trump’s willingness to brush off the ‘One-China’ policy should also serve as a good indicator that Somaliland recognition could be likely under the Trump administration.
More on Dr. J. Peter Pham and his ties to the Republic of Somaliland
- Pham on Somalia’s New US Ambassador
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
The Washington Diplomat quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the appointment of Ahmed Isse Awad as Ambassador of Somalia to the United States, the first to hold the post in twenty-four years: …
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
… nergy Nexus.” A draft document, prepared by Peter Engelke, senior fellow in the Strategic Foresight Initiative, and Mihaela Carstei, acting director of the Energy and Environment Program, constituted a f …
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
… Atlantic Council Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham; and Lange Schermerhorn, former US ambassador to Djibouti. Pham and Schermerhorn had served as international election observers during Somaliland’s …
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
… J. Peter Pham is director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. …
APRIL 21, 2013
… affairs; Sa’ad Ali Shire, minister of planning; Hussein Abdi Dualeh, minister of mining, energy, and water resources; and Osman Sahardiid, minister of state for finance. Africa Center Director J. Peter …
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
… well, but policymakers probably should not entertain unrealistic expectations about what he will be able to do given the hand he has been dealt. J. PeterPham is director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa …
JUNE 13, 2012
… Peter Pham and moderated by Mary Carlin Yates, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa on the National Security Staff. Other speakers included Jeffrey Herbst, Presiden …
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
… to muster for Somalia, even after all these years. J. Peter Pham is director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center. …
MAY 17, 2011
… the most promise. J. Peter Pham is director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. Photo credit: Reuters Pictures. …
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, moderated a briefing at the International Republican Institute (IRI) on “Crisis in the Horn of Africa: A Somaliland Perspective.” The …
AUGUST 28, 2011
On August 29, Ansari Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham was quoted in an Asian Tribune article: “Somaliland: The Defenseless Democracy”. …
AUGUST 01, 2011
J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed this morning by Jim Brown on The Current, the flagship news radio show of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Together …
JULY 27, 2011
J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Eric Ham of the XII Project’s Capitol Connection on Somalia and Somalilandand prospects for U.S. policy in the Horn of …
JUNE 28, 2011
J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, co-authored a report, African Game Changer? The Consequences of Somaliland’s International (Non) Recognition, released …
JUNE 06, 2011
The new Summer 2011 issue of the Fletcher Forum on World Affairs features a study by Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, entitled “Somalia: Where a State Isn’t a State.” The …
Somalia: Where a State Isn’t a State by J. Peter Pham
June 1, 2011
- “Given the chaos that characterizes southern and central Somalia, as well as the demographic reality that the majority of the more-than-three-million Somalilanders were born after the region declared its resumed independence and have never thought of themselves as citizens of unitary Somalia, can anyone imagine a scenario where it would be possible to reincorporate them into such a ‘state’