CFR Senior Fellow and former ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Senior Advisor at the United States Institute of Peace Johnnie Carson discussed the recent violence and kidnappings in northern Nigeria and preparations for the World Economic Forum starting in Abuja.
Isobel Coleman hosts John Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, for a discussion about the political and economic transitions of South Africa and Nigeria as part of a Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative series on Realizing Democracy: Lessons from Transitioning Countries.
John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the recent escalation of violence by Nigeria's radical Islamic movement, Boko Haram, and analyzes strategies to undermine the threat.
Listen to Father Mathew Kukah, vicar general of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, and John N. Paden, Clarence J. Robinson professor of international studies at George Mason University, discuss recent developments in the Islamic and Christian communities in Nigeria.
Speakers: Peter M. Lewis and Rotimi T. Suberu Presider: Walter Russell Mead
Listen to Peter M. Lewis, director of Africa studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul A. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Rotimi T. Suberu, senior fellow for the Jennings Randolph fellowship program at the United States Institute for Peace, discuss the implications of the recent Nigerian elections for relations between Nigeria's Muslim North and Christian South.
Nigeria has made progress since its return to democracy in 1999. But a political system crippled by corruption and dogged by ethnic tensions threatens to derail the country from its path toward good governance.
To investigate Nigeria and consider various strategies to meet iproblems the country is currently facing, the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Preventive Action (CPA) established a working group on Nigeria.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
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