Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. In December 1989, Charles Taylor launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which Doe himself was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought Taylor to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles Taylor, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to power, who is the first female president of any African nation.  It is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone.  The terrain is mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low mountains in northeast with a tropical climate; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers. Natural resources include iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold, hydropower. Liberia is 111,369 sq km, making it roughly the size of Tennessee, with a population of 3,887,886 (July 2012 est.). The official language is English, however, there are some 20 ethnic group languages across the country.  Liberia is a low income country heavily reliant on foreign assistance for revenue. Civil war and government mismanagement destroyed much of Liberia's economy, especially the infrastructure in and around the capital, Monrovia. Many businesses fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them, but with the conclusion of fighting and the installation of a democratically-elected government in 2006, several have returned.

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    Pamela Andreatta

    Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education
    Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynocology
    Faculty Associate, Center for Global Health

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    Brian Arbic

    Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science
    Assistant Professor, College of Engineering

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    Aline Cotel

    Associate Professor

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    Monte Del Monte M.D.

    Skillman Professor, Pediatric Ophthalmology
    Professor, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

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    Andrew J. Haig M.D.

    Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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    Jody Lori

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Office of International Affairs
    Assistant Clinical Professor, WHO Collaborating Center
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Education Program

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    Lester P. Monts

    Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
    Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Ethnomusicology, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

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    Mark Tessler

    Vice Provost, International Affairs
    Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor, Political Science
    Director, International Institute
    Research Professor, Center for Political Studies

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    Steven Wright