Nigeria

Additional Resources

Testimony

Nigeria: Principal Issues

Author: Princeton N. Lyman

Africa expert Princeton N. Lyman gives the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations an update on developments in Nigeria.

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Op-Ed

Nigeria's Leadership Crisis

Author: John Campbell
Business Day

"President Yar'Adua's periodic illness since 2007, beyond depriving Nigeria of its leading regional role," states John Campbell, "has also created a succession crisis that raises the stakes for military adventurism."

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Other Report

Understanding the Armed Groups of the Niger Delta

Author: Judith Burdin Asuni

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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Must Read

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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Foreign Affairs Article

Nigeria's Rigged Democracy

Author: Jean Herskovits

Nigeria's elections last April were among the most seriously flawed in the country's history, thanks largely to the manipulations of the U.S.-backed ruling party. With Nigerians increasingly clamoring for accountability, Washington's continuing support could generate more unrest -- and could pose a risk both to oil supplies coming out of Nigeria and to the stability of West Africa.

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