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November 10, 2022

Defense and Security
Happy 247th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The United States Marine Corps marks 247 years of service. 

Marine Corps Sgt. Anthony T. Ruiz on a training exercise

November 7, 2022

Political Transitions
Theory from the South?

Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa—and the developing world—needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles.

Nigeria's then incoming President Muhmmadu Buhari accepts his new role as Nigerian President as others look on.

October 31, 2022

Nigeria
A State of Uncertainty

Nigerians hold their breath as Western nations’ terror alerts deepen apprehension about the country’s immediate prospects.

Nigerian armed forces point large rifles from an official army truck while Nigerians onlookers stand on the side of the dirt road.

October 10, 2022

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Is Igbo Separatism Dead?

Peter Obi’s ascendance appears to have ripped up the Igbo self-determination playbook.

A flag is painted on a dirty wall with a barbed wire in the background. The flag is with a red, black, and green stripe. In the center of the flag, there is a half of a yellow sun rising.

August 16, 2022

Nigeria
Massive Borrowing Puts Nigeria’s Future at Risk

The country’s bloated debt portfolio is the outcome of decades-long economic mismanagement.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2021 budget to the national assembly.

June 10, 2022

United States
Bored Apes Play to Type, This Time Online

The connection between the rise of social media and the decline of American politics and society seems obvious. But what if what everybody knows is wrong? 

Man uses tablet computer while standing in front of video screen with Facebook and Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken in Sarajevo

May 31, 2022

Nigeria
Elite Compact Thrown Into Doubt as Atiku Abubakar’s Emergence Blows Nigerian Presidential Race Wide Open

The outcome of party presidential primaries appears to signal the end of post-military elite political consensus. 

Nigerian Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar gives an impassioned speech while gesturing

May 26, 2022

Nigeria
Reaction to “Blasphemy” Killing Illustrates Complicated Role of Religion in Nigeria’s Democratic Transition

Horrendous killing of college sophomore highlights the country’s ethnoreligious fault line, but interdenominational rivalry in the south is of no less moment. All in all, reactions to the murder of Ms. Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level home economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, have exposed Nigeria’s deepest political fractures and lingering questions over citizenship, national identity, and secularity. On May 12, following disagreement over a WhatsApp voice note deemed to have been blasphemous against Islam and Prophet Muhammad, a mob comprising some of the twenty-two-year-old’s schoolmates brutally clubbed and stoned her to death, after which they proceeded to incinerate her body.

Pastor lectures with a microphone and gestures with his arm wearing a formal attire.

April 18, 2022

Nigeria
State Pardon for Former Governors Puts Nigeria’s Anticorruption Drive in Jeopardy

The unexpected pardon last week of two leading politicians convicted earlier on charges of corruption has brought renewed focus on Nigeria’s flailing anticorruption drive. Following a meeting of the country’s Council of State, Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, governors respectively of the central and northeastern states of Plateau and Taraba from 1997 to 2007 were pardoned along with 157 other convicts.

Military personnel walks in front of a sign that reads "corruption kills."

April 11, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Deepening Security Crisis Exposes Growing Reliance on Nonstate Actors

A rare positive note as Nigeria spirals into a state of lawlessness is the unintended return to the front burner of longstanding issues around governance at the subnational level. Until now, such issues have bubbled under the surface, receiving fleeting attention only when the country’s perennial crisis threatens to boil over, only to subside as soon as a temporary fix is found. Penultimate week, after still unidentified assailants opened fire on an Abuja-Kaduna train, killing eight passengers and kidnapping tens of others for ransom, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, emerging from a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, threatened to do whatever it takes to protect lives and property across the state, including “importing mercenaries from outside the country to do it.”

Nigerian police officer sitting down being interviewed wearing police outfit.