The Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Mr. Michael A. McCarthy congratulated Professor, Dr. Josephus M. Gray, Dean of Liberia College, University of Liberia for the publication of his new book , titled: The Effect of Diplomacy, with the subtitle “Triangular Relations between Liberia, the United States and China. Copies of the book have been donated to prominent figures including the Office of the President of Liberia, His Excellency Dr George M. Weah; Her Excellency Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia; Prof., Dr. Julius JS Nelson, Jr., President of the University of Liberia; His Excellency Mr. Ren Yisheng, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China accredited to Liberia, University of Sierra Leone and Fourab Bay College in Freetown and Ms. Medina Wesseh, Secretary General of the Mano River Union (MRU).
Other personalities include Ms. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of Liberia; Prof., Dr. Ansu Sonii, Minister of Education; The Honorable James Berney, Chairman of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senator for the County of Maryland, as well as His Excellency Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemaya, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In an email to Dr Gray dated Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Ambassador McCarthy said, “Professor Gray, I received your book yesterday and have already started reading it. I would like to be in touch after I finish it. Thank you again for thinking of the US Embassy ”.
The book, published by American Tech Giant-Amazon, is ranked 91 out of 350,000 books published worldwide this year. It has been peer reviewed and passed the quality tests of international book publishing companies, and is widely sold in 161 countries in bookstores and online by booksellers and publishers. Interestingly, the book has not gone unnoticed by international publishing entities and booksellers around the world including Amazon, Author House, Ebay, Blackwells UK, Powells. Water stones, FNAC, Noble online bookstore, Biblio, Library books.google, eCampus, Booktopia, Vital Source and Dymocks.
Book details include 680 pages with ISBN-10: 1665522550, ISBN-13: 978-1665522557 and weighed: 2.36 pounds with dimensions of 5.98 x 1.44 x 9.02 inches. The book has been peer reviewed and passed a unique quality test, and now stands as a “milestone” and “results-oriented”, based on proven scholarly writing and in-depth study. The back cover of the book contains the flag of Liberia which on the one hand establishes the identity of the book and, on the other hand, demonstrates the author’s patriotism and love for his country. The publication contains 580 pages, 3,123 paragraphs, 202,916 words and 2,470,268 single and double-spaced characters. The book also contains 9,750 punctuation marks, 855 in-text citations, 16,265 lines and 590 references.
Professor UL’s informative book presented to the US Embassy in Monrovia was accompanied by an official letter to Ambassador McCarthy. In communication,
Dr Gray said: On behalf of the Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) at the University of Liberia, I would like to express my deep gratitude to you for the extraordinary support that the Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia has continued to provide the people of Liberia, especially the education sector.
The letter continued: “I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you, personally, and the Government of the United States of America, for supporting the Liberian people in other initiatives. I am deeply touched by the generosity of the United States government. He added: On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would especially like to present an author’s copy of my latest book titled: The Effect of Diplomacy, with the subtitle Liberia, US, China’s Triangular Relations. Once again thank you and we look forward to continuing a cordial working relationship with the United States government through you, Your Excellency ”.
Meanwhile, Chapter One is the general introduction and provides the background to the publication, its purpose, objectives, and the meaning of the entire book. Chapter two traces the story and examines the engagement and presence of Liberia, the United States and China in Africa. It also examines the impacts of foreign aid in Africa. Chapter three presents the methods employed during the research, including strategy and design, data collection and analysis, as well as the sampling method, examination of the structure and limitations of the study.
Chapter Four provides a vivid picture of the triangular relations of Liberia, the United States and China with several illustrations and tangible benefits. Chapter Five assesses the successes and challenges of Liberia’s foreign relations, diplomacy and international relations. This chapter explored the past seven decades from regime to regime, particularly from the presidency of former President Joseph Jenkins Roberts to the current one.
While Chapter Six provides an overview of America’s and China’s foreign aid to Africa and also analyzed US foreign aid to African governments and states. This chapter compares US foreign aid to China’s foreign aid to the African government and states. Chapter seven of the book provides details on the curse of rampant corruption and the scourge of bad governance by African leaders and governments. The publication also highlighted the role of corrupt African leaders, political bureaucracies, foreign capitalists and authoritarian officials in the abuse of resources, democracy and political power.
The final two chapters, eight and nine, assessed the important role of contemporary Liberian media and its impact on democratic governance and national development. Going forward, these chapters explained in detail the Western media’s perception of Africa and how the global media have been able to disseminate negative news and information in Africa, largely news and information. stories spread across the continent have been negative. Chapter Nine deals in depth with Liberia’s political, social and cultural system, democratic governance and the rule of law within the context of strict respect for constitutionalism.
The book, in its conclusion, also presents the memoirs of the author (Dr. Josephus Moses Gray), highlighting all the schools he successfully attended from kindergarten to obtaining his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. .), also briefly discussed his service in the public and private sectors, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Policy Advisor, Embassy of Liberia in Paris, France ; Minister Counselor and Chargé d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of Liberia to the Swiss Confederation and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Public Affairs, and Senior Researcher at the International Research Institute for Strategic Studies in Paris, France.
After seven years (2012-2019) of in-depth study and the successful defense of a 560-page thesis, the author obtained a PhD, with distinction-Summa Cum Laude, in International Relations and Foreign Policy Studies in November 2019 of CEDS University. located at 37 Quai de Grenelle, 75015, Paris, Republic of France. The thesis was defended with merit before an academic jury of five French professors. This is Prof. Dr. Faund Nohra, Associate Professor at Paris Dscartes University and Academic Director of CEDS University, (Dr Nohra supervised Dr Gray’s doctoral thesis); Dr. Michael Strauss, Professor at CEDS University, Dr. Michael Lebedev, Professor at CEDS University and Diplomat, and prof., Dr. Souha Akiki, President of the Ecole Supérieure de Paris, Republic of France.
In addition, he holds a BA in Print Journalism and an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Program in International Studies at the University of Liberia. Dr Gray is a Liberian born in the southeast of Kayken village, Barclayville district, Grand Kru county. He has achieved the highest level of academic mastery in his chosen field. He also holds graduate degrees and certificates in foreign policy studies, international relations, diplomacy, journalism, development communication, research methodology and policy studies from Paris, France; Genera, Switzerland; Beijing, China; Washington, DC, United States; Cape Town, South Africa; Rabat, Morocco; Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal and Monrovia, Liberia.
Professor Gray is currently Associate Professor of International Relations, Graduate Program in International Studies, University of Liberia (BWI Graduate Studies), Acting Chair, Department of English and Language Studies, University of Liberia and Dean of Liberia College, University of Liberia.
In addition to his deanship, Dr Gray also teaches research methodology and thesis writing courses including Comm 403 and English 431 at the undergraduate level, and POSC 613 (Seminar in Decision Making in International Politics) which is taught at graduate level. Previously, he taught POSC 512 (Government and Politics of Contemporary Africa), POSC 601 (International Organizations and Administration) and POSC 507 (Survey of Comparative Politics).
He has supervised approximately 55 master’s theses and two doctoral theses over the past four academic years. In addition, he has written and published over 200 research articles on contemporary issues. Dr. Gray’s peer-reviewed publications are often cited by graduates and doctoral graduates in their theses and dissertations. Likewise, his work is also referenced and cited on the official home page of certain diplomatic missions and international research institutions. Still, he recognizes people whose works are usually cited by him in his numerous publications.
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