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December 15, 2020

Nigeria
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With John Campbell

John Campbell discusses his new book, Nigeria and the Nation-State. Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and is projected to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050, yet its democratic…

Play People crowd on a road near Balogun market to shop, a day before Christmas in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos

July 28, 2020

CFR Master Class Series With John Campbell

Please join John Campbell for a discussion on Nigeria, its history, colonial legacy, and strategic importance to the United States. Ambassador Campbell argues that Nigeria is the African country o…

Play Nigerian naira banknotes

August 25, 2021

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker

The Council on Foreign Relations's Nigeria Security Tracker catalogs and maps political violence based on a weekly survey of Nigerian and international press. Ii includes violent incidents related to political, economic, and social grievances.

March 4, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election, With John Campbell

John Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at CFR, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the recent election in Nigeria.

Podcast Supporters of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate in Kano.

September 13, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
Reflecting on Africa’s Last Decade

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies John Campbell reflects on his last decade writing for Africa in Transition.

Three zebras walk through tall grasses, with a skyline view of Nairobi in the background.

July 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

December 16, 2021

Aging, Youth Bulges, and Population
Is Population Change a Problem?

Birth rates are booming in some countries and plummeting in others. Leading demographer Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard Haass analyze the most important trends and their consequences.

Podcast Predictive model of population growth

December 1, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria and the Nation-State

Former Ambassador John Campbell illustrates the history and importance of Nigeria, a country too often overlooked by the West.

November 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria and the Nation-State

In Nigeria and the Nation-State, John Campbell explains what makes Nigeria different from other countries in Africa, how it works, and why understanding it is vital if we are to avoid the mistakes th…

Nigeria and the Nation-State Teaching Notes by John Campbell