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National Geographic: The War for Nigeria

Author: James Verini

"In the national collective consciousness, Boko Haram has become something more than a terrorist group, more even than a movement. Its name has taken on an incantatory power. Fearing they will be heard and then killed by Boko Haram, Nigerians refuse to say the group's name aloud, referring instead to 'the crisis' or 'the insecurity.'"

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USIP: Crisis in the Niger Delta

Author: United States Institute of Peace

In this Peace Briefing, the United States Institute of Peace examines the unfolding humanitarian and political crisis in the Niger Delta.

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Joint Statement on Nigeria's Recent Elections

Authors: Richard A. Joseph, Darren Kew, Peter M. Lewis, Princeton N. Lyman, J. Stephen Morrison, and John N. Paden

A group of Africa experts, including CFR's Princeton Lyman, released a joint statement on the Nigerian elections, which they call a "terrible setback for democracy."

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CFR Special Report: Better Governance, Not Force, Most Effective Tool to Fight Nigeria's Boko Haram

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s increasingly bold attacks in Nigeria—most notably its April kidnapping of nearly three hundred female students—threaten to fuel further Muslim-Christian violence and destabilize West Africa, making the group a leading concern for U.S. policymakers, writes former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, CFR senior fellow for Africa policy studies, in a new Council Special Report from the Center for Preventive Action (CPA).

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Nigeria’s April Elections Will Alter Trajectory of Democracy in Nigeria and Africa, Says CFR Report

“For policymakers everywhere, Nigeria should be the central African question. No country’s fate is so decisive for the continent. No other country across a range of issues has the power so thoroughly to shape outcomes elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. If Nigeria works well, so might Africa. If the democratic experiment in Nigeria stalls, and development and governance stagnate, the rest of Africa suffers and loses hope,” concludes a new Council Special Report.

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Op-Ed

Beating Boko Haram

Author: Isobel Coleman
Foreign Affairs

Isobel Coleman and Sigrid von Wendel explain why Boko Haram has targeted Nigeria's schools and offer recommendations for how the Nigerian government can more effectively fight the rising insurgency.

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