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Key Issues in Nigeria

December 16, 2010

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Politics and Government

Nigeria

Elections and Voting

Civil Society

Some short background videos on key issues in Nigeria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DMRvqwZ588

Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell discusses the relations between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria. Campbell emphasizes that where religious divisions correspond to ethnic and economic differences, conflict often acquire a religious coloration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA0dQoAWBSU

Sounding the Alarm on Boko Haram

CFR’s John Campbell says deteriorating economic and social conditions in Northern Nigeria are behind the recurring upsurge in Boko Haram’s activity. Campbell cautions that the circumstances enabling Boko Haram to operate may be taken advantage of by Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups, though that has not happened yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg6HIkYZvG8

Nigeria Elections May Challenge Country’s Stability

Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections will upset the country’s power sharing system. CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies cautions that campaign appeals to ethnicity and religion coupled with elections that lack credibility may destabilize the country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4boFNKyLVg

Nigerian Civil Society Plays Crucial "Name and Shame" Role

CFR’s Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies highlights examples of Nigerian civil society organizations. These organizations, Campbell says, have a significant "name and shame" role to play in impelling the country towards democracy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy0sflqcvRs

Niger Delta Insurrection Threatens Nigeria’s Stability

CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell discusses the importance of Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta to U.S. interests and highlights the need for a political solution.

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