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Understanding the Armed Groups of the Niger Delta

A CFR Working Paper

Author: Judith Burdin Asuni, Visiting Scholar, African Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Understanding the Armed Groups of the Niger Delta - understanding-the-armed-groups-of-the-niger-delta

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date September 2009

28 pages


Nigeria’s underdeveloped but oil-rich Niger Delta region currently is the site of a crippling insurgency. Fueled by a complex mixture of protest, crime, and political corruption, the network of armed groups that create this instability pose serious problems both for Abuja and for oil-importing countries across the globe. This Working Paper provides insights into these militias' origins, characteristics, and interactions with one another.

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Judith Burdin Asuni is a visiting scholar for African studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.