J. Peter Pham (PhD, Gregorian University) is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Senior Advisor at the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. He previously served as U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa (2018-2020) and U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa (2020-2021), with the personal rank of Ambassador. Prior to serving in those roles, he was Vice President for Regional Initiatives and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. With doctorates in both political science and theology, he is the author or editor of a dozen books and more than 300 articles, essays and reviews on African politics, security, and economic issues as well as history, theology, and ethics. From 2010-2018, he was editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.