The United States Register and Director of the Library of Congress, Shira Perlmutter has officially transmitted a Certificate of Registration to Dr. Josephus M. Gray, an Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Liberia, in recognition of his new book titled: “The Effect of Diplomacy, with the subtitle “Liberia, U.S., China’s Triangular Relations. The official Certificate of Registration signed by the Director of the Library of Congress, Madam Perlmutter contains registered number TX-9-003-959, international Standard Number ISBN 9781665522557 and applicant’s tracking number 828851are assigned to Dr. Gray’s new book.
Dr. Gray’s new book details include 680 pages with ISBN-10: 1665522550, ISBN-13: 978-1665522557 and weight: 2.36 pounds with the dimensions of 5.98 x 1.44 x 9.02 inches. The publication contains 580-page, 3,123 paragraphs, 202,916 words and 2,470,268 characters both single and double spacing. The book further contains 9,750 punctuation marks, 855 in-text citations, and 16,265 lines and 590 references.
The Certificates reads: This Certificate is issued under the seal of the Copyright Office in accordance with title 17, United States code, attest that the registration has been made for the identified below. The information on this certificate has been made part of the Copyright Office records. The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts
The book, published by American Tech Giant-Amazon is rated 91 among 350,000 books published this year around the world. It has been peer reviewed and uniquely passed international book publishing companies’ quality test, and is widely on sale in 161 countries in bookstores and online by booksellers and publishing entities. 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’s online bookstore, Biblio, Library books.google, eCampus, Booktopia, Vital Source and Dymocks.
Similarly, the new book has earned praises from several distinguished personalities including Africa’s First elected Female President and former President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; United States Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency, Mr. Michael A. McCarthy, Secretary-General of Mano River Union (MRU), Mrs. Medina Wesseh; Honorable James Berney, Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senator of Maryland County, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Abdual Kargno and Rev. Oliver Harding, Senior Librarian of Faurah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
In an email addressed to Dr. Gray dated Saturday, October 16, 2021, Former President Johnson-Sirleaf said: I commend you on the determination you showed in achieving an education at the highest level and on the book you have written to the acclaim of many as you have cited. The email continued: Similarly, I congratulate you for remaining at home and assuming the position of Dean of the Liberian College at the University of Liberia.
Also, in an email addressed to Dr. Gray dated Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Ambassador McCarthy said: “Professor Gray, I received your book yesterday and have already begun reading it. I would like to be in touch after I have finished it. Thank you again for thinking of the U.S. Embassy”.
In his appreciation, Senator James Berney commended the UL professor his new publication, and thanked him for sharing new knowledge through the book: “The Effect of Diplomacy- Liberia, U.S. and China’s Triangular Relations.
Meanwhile, Chapter One is the general introduction of the publication, while Chapter Two traces the history and examines Liberia, U.S. and China’s engagement and presence in Africa. It also looks at the impacts of foreign aid in Africa. Chapter Three provides the methods employed during the research including the strategy and design, data collection and analysis, as well as sampling method, structure review and limitations of the study.
Chapter Four provides a vivid picture of Liberia, U.S. and China’s triangular relations with several illustrations and tangible benefits. Chapter Five evaluates the successes and challenges of Liberian foreign relations, diplomacy and international relations. This chapter delved into the last seven decades from one regime and to the other, specifically from the presidency of ex-president Joseph Jenkins Roberts to current.
Chapter Six provides insights of America and China’s foreign aid to Africa and also analyzed U.S. foreign aid assistance to African governments and states. While Chapter Seven of the book provides details of 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 about the abuse of resources, democracy and political power.
The two last chapters, eight and nine evaluated the significant role of contemporary Liberian media and its impact on democratic governance and national development. Going forward, these chapters argued in detailed the western media perception about Africa and how the global media have been able to dump negative news materials and information in Africa, largely information and stories broadcast about the continent have been negative. Deeply, Chapter Nine discusses Liberian political, social, and cultural system, democratic governance and rule of law in the context of strict adherence to constitutionalism.
The book, in its conclusion, also presents the memoir 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 both public and private sectors including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Political Counsellor, Embassy of Liberia in Paris, France; Minister Counselor and Charge d’ Affaires, Liberia Permanent Mission to the Swiss Confederation and the United Nations in Genera, Switzerland, and Assistant Foreign Minister for Public Affairs, and a senior research fellow at the International Institute of Research for Strategic Studies in Paris, France.
After seven years (2012-2019) of hard studies and the successful defend of a 560-page dissertation, the author earned a Ph.D, with distinction-Summa Cum Laude, in International Relations and Foreign Policy Studies in November 2019 from CEDS University located at 37 Quai de Grenelle, 75015, Paris, Republic of France.
The dissertation was meritoriously defended before an academic jury of five French professors. They are Prof. Dr. Faund Nohra, Associate Professor at Paris Dscartes University and Academic Director of CEDS University,(Dr. Nohra supervised Dr. Gray’s Ph.D. dissertation); Dr. Michael Strauss, Professor at CEDS University, Dr. Michael Lebedev, Professor at CEDS University and Diplomat, and prof., Dr. Souha Akiki, President of Paris Graduate School, Republic of France.
Besides, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Liberia Graduate Program in International Studies. Dr. Gray is a native born Liberian hails from the Southeastern village of Kayken, Barclayville District, Grand Kru County. He has achieved the highest level of academic mastery in his chosen field. He also holds post-graduate diplomas 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, D.C., USA; Cape Town, South Africa; Rabat, Morocco; Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal and Monrovia, Liberia.
Prof. Gray currently serves as Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Liberia Graduate Program in International Studies (IBB Graduate Studies), Acting Chair, Department of English and Language Studies, University of Liberia and Dean of Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanities), University of Liberia.
Apart from 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 the 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 about 65 master’s theses and two doctorate dissertations over the past four academic years. Besides, he has wildly written and published over 200 research articles on contemporary issues. Dr. Gray’s peer-reviewed publications are often cited by graduate and doctorate graduates in their theses and dissertations. Similarly, his works are also referred and cited on the official homepage of some diplomatic missions and international research institutions. Always, he acknowledges individuals whose works are usually cited by him in his numerous publications.