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.

President Sillanyo’s Speech at Atlantic Council Think Thank in USA Hosted by J. Peter Pham 

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: …

  • Atlantic Council Programs Report: February 2014

    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 …

  • Somaliland Democratization Strategy

    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 …

  • Let’s Give Somalia’s Government the Non-Recognition It Deserves

    FEBRUARY 25, 2014

    …  J. Peter Pham is director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. …

  • Somaliland’s Achievement in a Fragile Region

    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 …

  • The Weak Hand of Somalia’s New President

    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 …

  • Managing Societal Fault Lines in Twenty-First Century 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 …

  • The Wrong Somalia Conference

    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.  …

  • Somaliland at 20

    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.  …

  • “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’

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