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Nigeria Is Unraveling

Max Siollun, Foreign Policy

Oil Dictator Dominoes: Who Will Fall?

Bill Emmott, Project Syndicate

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis

G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

At best, a revitalized Biafran secessionist movement will lead to mass bloodshed. At worst, it will trigger the country's unraveling....(full article)

The potential victims are many, with worrying implications for geopolitical stability worldwide. Venezuela has been in financial crisis since long before the oil crunch, and Nigeri...(full article)

In the absence of state development programs, Boko Haram keeps attracting local support and new members — no mean feat for an organization that has made its name abducting wo...(full article)

Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies tha...(full article)

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Africa's Boom Is Over - Rick Rowden, Foreign Policy

Africa was never going to get far without manufacturing — and it can’t do so under today’s trade and investment treaties....

Why Africa Isn't Rising - James Gibney, Bloomberg View

A former Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, Burgis goes beyond the tales of spectacular venality among Africa's "Big Men" -- the world's four longest-serving rulers are ...

Boko Haram Shows They've Not Been 'Technically' Defeated - AP

Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, wi...

Iran Meddles in Nigeria's Sectarian Strife - S. Schwartz, Weekly Standard

Boko Haram is not the only radical Islamist group active in Nigeria. The overwhelming majority of Nigerian Muslims are Sunnis, and Boko Haram claims to act in their interest, but t...

Nigerian Army's Attack on Shia Unjustified - Human Rights Watch

The killing of hundreds of Shia Muslim members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), by Nigerian army soldiers from December 12 to 14, 2015, appears to have been wholly unjusti...

How Nigeria's Khomeini Was Captured - Philip Obaji Jr., Daily Beast

The Nigerian army has been accused of massacring a large number of Shia Muslims in the town of Zaria in Nigeria’s northwestern Kaduna state over the course of three days earl...

The Economics of Terrorism in Africa - Koffi Alle, Project Syndicate

Already, economic indicators in these countries have been revised downward after terrorist incidents. Following the attacks by the Islamic State, for example, Tunisia’s proje...

Did Nigeria's Army Just Commit a War Crime? - O. Runsewe, Ventures

In what appeared to be a show of force on Saturday, the Nigerian Army reportedly attacked members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna. Allegedly, this attack was caused by members ...

Terror's Nameless Victims in Nigeria - Tolu Ogunlesi, New York Times

LAGOS, Nigeria — WITH the world’s attention focused on the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, there was a flurry of debate about how much more media cover...

For a Growing Africa, Hope Mingles with Fear - Drew Hinshaw, WSJ

Lokoja is the fastest-growing city on Earth. His roof looks out over shanties and suburban estates tangling along the Niger River stretch where, a century ago, a British writer gaz...

Nigerian President Becomes Oil Minister in Own Cabinet - Guardian

President Muhammadu Buhari will hold Nigeria’s oil portfolio in his new cabinet, rather than trust anyone else with the source of most of Nigeria’s revenue, he said on ...

One Nigeria Under God - Laura Premack, Boston Review

Perhaps Boko Haram’s threat to the Nigerian state is what will save it. Because the group provides what any alliance needs: a common enemy....

Is Nigeria Doomed, or Set to Thrive? - G. Serkin & C. Kay, Bloomberg View

A new president took office in May in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the end of colonial rule in 1960, offering a chance for a nation weary of poverty...

Nigeria and South Africa Must Mend Frayed Ties - J. Hamill, WP Review

Both South Africa and Nigeria accept in the abstract that cooperation and partnership is vital. But in practice, issue by issue, more parochial self-serving agendas have generally ...

Fighting Terror in Boko Haram Country - Glenna Gordon, Narratively

Kano and Maiduguri, the biggest cities in predominantly Muslim Northern Nigeria, are drought-prone and sprawling outposts, filled with concrete roadblocks and teenage boys with mac...

Time for U.S. to Back African Democracy - James Glassman, RCWorld

For the first time in history of Africa's largest country, a challenger defeated a sitting Nigerian president via the ballot box. The losing incumbent in the March 28 election, Goo...

The Rule of Boko Haram - Joshua Hammer, New York Review of Books

The country known as Nigeria began to coalesce at the beginning of the twentieth century, when Frederick Lugard, a British mercenary and explorer, forced the Sokoto Caliphate and I...

When African Leaders Learn to Let Go - Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker

Back in the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama went to Ghana and gave Africans a lecture about democracy, in which he paid tribute to determined voters across the continent who...

What's Up With Boko Haram? - John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations

Nigeria inaugurates its new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29. It is the first time a Nigerian head of state has defeated an incumbent at the ballot box. Buhari’s succes...

Nigeria Needs a New Start - Bloomberg View

Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, who takes office Friday, made history by notching the first defeat of an incumbent president since independence in 1960. Now comes the ha...

With Help from ISIS, a More Deadly Boko Haram - Philip Obaji, DB

The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram, after some much heralded reversals on the battlefield, has made a dangerous comeback, unleashing female suicide bombers, carryi...

A New President Inherits a Crippled Nigeria - Joachim MacEbong, Quartz

With the handover of president Goodluck Jonathan to Muhammadu Buhari coming in a few days on May 29, many Nigerians cannot wait for the resumption of governance that will hopefully...

Nigeria's South African Mercenaries - John Campbell, CFR

After almost five years of reverses, the Nigerian federal government largely cleared Boko Haram fighters from the territories they occupied in Borno state–in about five weeks...

Despite Setbacks, Boko Haram Is Alive and Well - N. Yousseff, Daily Beast

The rescue of prisoners and a loss of territory doesn’t spell defeat for the terrorist group....

A Taunting ISIS Approaches Tunisia - Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast

It used to be known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Now, Tunisia could become the latest addition to the so-called Islamic State....

Nigeria's Landmark Election - Toronto Star

For Nigerians this week’s presidential election is a watershed, the first peaceful transition of power between political parties in the country’s post-colonial history, in the ...

How Jonathan's Electoral Run Lost Steam in Nigeria - J. Campbell, CFR

It is likely that Buhari won the most votes in the elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011. But, election rigging and dubious court judgments in election disputes precluded him becoming ...

Nigeria Needs Better Luck from Buhari - C. Gegout, The Conversation

Nigerians have chosen General Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, over incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, to be their president. Following an election that saw 41 people killed in...

Nigeria Votes to End Corruption - Jerusalem Post

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari’s decisive victory in Nigeria’s election might lead one to suspect that voters chose him over incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for t...

Fourth Time's the Charm for Nigeria's Buhari - Siobhan O'Grady, FP

In his fourth democratic bid for Nigeria’s presidency, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari finally claimed victory Tuesday, beating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by more tha...

Nigeria Surprises the World - Karen Attiah, Washington Post

Nigeria just threw the world a curveball. For months, there were doubts that Nigeria would survive 2015. Headlines fixated on the winds of Boko Haram’s terrorism combining wi...

Now, Will Nigeria's Leaders Listen? - Jennifer Cooke, CSIS

On Saturday, Nigerians voted in the hardest fought and most closely contested national elections in the country's history. With initial results trickling in, the presidential race ...

Stunning Upset in Nigerian Presidential Election - Aryn Baker, Time

In a radical reversal of fortune, presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has proven that the fourth run is the charm when it comes to being elected President of Nigeria. In an ele...

Africa's Most Important Election Approaches - Kevin Sieff, WaPo

On Saturday, Africa’s most populous and oil-rich country will go to the polls. The election looks to be the tightest in the 16 years since military rule ended in Nigeria &nda...

The Challenge to Democracy in Nigeria - Russell Hanks, CFR

Nigeria’s election, originally scheduled for last month, is set to take place this weekend. This is the first open election in the nation since 1980, one in which the outcome...

Nigerian Voters Might Elect an Old Dictator - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

When Nigerians vote this weekend for their next president, they face a choice between the devil they know and the devil their grandparents knew....

Nigeria's Internal Struggles - Tolu Ogunlesi, New York Times

Nigeria is formally divided into 36 states, and a “federal capital territory.” These states are informally grouped into six “geopolitical” zones — thr...

Boko Haram Is Now a Global Threat - M. Goerg & S. Dembinski, RCWorld

Boko Haram remained a purely Nigerian issue for years, but that is changing fast. The group's aspirations, and its pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, are broadening the scope...

Nigeria at Crossroads of Peril and Promise - Serkin & Kay, Bloomberg View

It’s easy to write off Nigeria as a place destined to perpetuate violence, corruption and plutocracy. Successive oil-enriched governments have followed the tradition of the n...

A Photo Finish in Nigeria's Critical Election - C. Florance, RealClearWorld

Nigeria's past is rife with military dictatorships and coups d'état, yet over the last decade the country has made considerable gains in establishing democratic institutions and t...

As Nigeria Goes, Africa Follows - Bloomberg View

Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to Islamic State has raised fears of terrorism spreading across middle Africa. Yet such anxieties threaten to overshadow a larger and less hypothe...

Can This Man Save Nigeria from Boko Haram? - Rebecca Miller, TNI

Muhammadu Buhari could be the answer to Nigeria’s Boko Haram problem. Later this month, Nigeria will head to the polls to vote for the country’s next president. The con...

Nigeria's Ticket to a Stronger Democracy - Kevin Lees, National Interest

Though he's not the candidate with the name "Goodluck," Muhammadu Buhari, the challenger in Nigeria's now-delayed presidential election, must be feeling lucky....

ISIS's Plan to Take Its Caliphate Global - Nancy Youssef, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to o...

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance to ISIS - Richard Osley, Independent

Boko Haram, the militant Nigerian group, has announced it is allying with the Islamic State (Isis). The pledge was made in an audio message, appearing to be a recording of the grou...

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