The response to Boko Haram and other "jihadist" insurgencies is shaping U.S. foreign policy toward Nigeria and the Sahel. But despite rhetoric to the contrary, the region remains a marginal U.S. priority.
John Campbell, CFR’s Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, discusses the political and security implications of Nigeria’s Independent National Elections Commission’s decision to postpone the February 14, 2015 presidential elections until March 28, 2015, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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.
CFR's John Campbell discusses the increased religious violence that has occurred in the wake of Nigeria's elections, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.
CFR's John Campbell discusses the upcoming elections in Nigeria, as well as policy recommendations from his book "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink," as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
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Nigerian foreign minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia discusses the challenges and prospects of Nigeria at fifty and the strengthening of Nigeria's bilateral partnership with the United States.
Listen to Goodluck Jonathan, acting president, Federal Republic of Nigeria, speak about the challenges and opportunities facing his country.
Listen to experts report on Nigeria's presidential crisis, sectarian conflict, and security dilemmas in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
Listen to CFR's John Campbell discuss Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy series.
A conversation with Ojo Maduekwe, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs
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.
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's Islamist group Boko Haram has evolved from a local insurgency to a brutal militant group that the United States has designated a terrorist organization.
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.
Backgrounder: MEND has gained global notoriety by disrupting oil supplies in the Niger Delta.