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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 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.

September 19, 2022

Nigeria
Will Obi Reinvigorate the Nigerian Labor Movement?

The alliance between Peter Obi and the Labour Party in Nigeria disguises a fundamental conflict in their political and economic outlook.

Peter Obi, a candidate for the upcoming Nigerian presidential election, sits on a brown chair and gestures. A framed photograph depicting himself hangs next to his brown chair.

September 1, 2022

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

August 8, 2022

Nigeria
A Religious Dilemma

Nigerian Christians must decide whether to cut or thrust

A man holds a palm cross in his hands during a Catholic church service.

July 25, 2022

Nigeria
Will Economic Collapse Precede Political Transition in Nigeria?

Nigeria is staring down the barrel of financial bankruptcy.

A man is outside of his car looking at a long line of vehicles in line for petrol at a gas station in Nigeria.

July 5, 2022

Nigeria
A Gathering Dis-OBI-dience

The proverbial “Third Force” in Nigerian politics is finally making itself heard, but its chances of causing an upset are slim.

A man in a voting registration crowd in Nigeria points at the camera and is pictured in front of a youth vote poster.

June 23, 2022

Nigeria
APC Runs Into Headwinds as Christian Opposition to Muslim-Muslim Ticket Gains Traction in Nigeria

Presidential candidate faces a dilemma as religious factor threatens to undo campaign. 

Nigeria's All Progressives Congress (APC) party stands together and waves their party flag.

June 16, 2022

United States
Fake News, Then and Now

The problem of fake news has been with us from the beginning of the Republic, and American democracy was even worse at dealing with it then than it is now.

A news stand outfitted with "Fake News" headlines as a stunt pulled off by the Columbia Journalism Review is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York

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