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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

Peter Bridges
Author of Safirka: An American Envoy, published by The Kent State University Press, Peter Bridges served as American ambassador to Somalia from 1984-86. This posting capped his nearly 30-year career with the State Department. While in Somalia, he managed the largest American aid program in sub-Saharan Africa; dealt with a postcolonial regime hobbled by clan rivalries and a leader who cared less about the people that about maintaining his control over the country. In addition to Somalia, he was also posted to Panama, Moscow, Prague, and Rome. 

Publicist: Susan L. Cash
Publicist's Email: scash at
Publicist's Phone: 330-672-8097

Anthony F. Lang, Jr.
Anthony F. Lang, Jr., focuses on international political theory, with attention to questions of humanitarian intervention, foreign policy, national security, global governance, and Middle East politics at the University of St. Andrews, School of International Relations.

Publicist: Fran Keneston
Email: fran.keneston at
Phone: 518-472-5023

Leenco Lata
An independent scholar of peace and conflict studies, Leenco Lata lived in most of the countries of the Horn of Africa between 1978 and 1993, where he experienced first-hand the resonance of the conflicts in the region. His book, The Ethiopian State at the Crossroads (1999) is often cited as the most comprehensive analysis of why transition to democracy failed in Ethiopia.

Email: waaqayyo at
Publicist: Clare Hitchens, clare at; 519-884-0710 x2665

Robert I. Rotberg
Robert I. Rotberg is president of the World Peace Foundation and director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Resolution at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (Brookings and World Peace Foundation, 2003) and Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement in Africa (Brookings and World Peace Foundation, 2000).

Publicist: Melissa McConnell, Publicity Manager
Brookings Institution Press
E-mail: mmcconnell at
Phone: 202-536-3611

Abdi Ismail Samatar
Abdi Ismail Samatar is Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota. Professor Samatar's research interests focus on political economy, social change and globalization in the developing world. He has published extensively on Somalia and Ethiopia, including The State and Rural Transformation in Northern Somalia, 1884–1986 (Wisconsin, 1989).

Publicist: Benson Gardner, Publicity Manager, University of Wisconsin Press
Publicist's Email: publicity at
Publicist's Phone: 608-263-0734

Thomas G. Weiss
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, where he is co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project. He was awarded the “Grand Prix Humanitaire de France 2006” and is chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS). He was editor of Global Governance (2000-5) and research director of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-2). He is the editor of several books, including The United Nations and Civil Wars and Collective Security in a Changing World.

Publicist: Fran Keneston
Email: fran.keneston at
Phone: 518-472-5023

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