Nigeria’s Governance and Security Deficit

The mass kidnapping of schoolgirls by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram put an unwelcome spotlight on Nigeria. Though the attention is new, Nigeria’s security and governance deficits are not, with implications for the country’s domestic politics and regional influence. The United States and international partners have a role to play in assisting Nigeria, particularly in terms of improving security, but ultimately it is how Nigeria rises to the challenges it faces that will determine the course of its future. This special report reviews those challenges, and the responses to them, through recently published articles.

Domestic Politics

Nigeria’s Fault Lines Threaten Jonathan’s Presidency
By Alex Thurston
April 2, 2013

Nigeria’s Jonathan Could Pay Political Cost for Religious Violence
Alex Thurston
July 23, 2012

Nigeria’s Fault Lines Inhibit Anti-Corruption Efforts
Interview with Wale Adebanwi
March 12, 2014

Conflict & Security

Strategic Posture Review: Nigeria
By Alex Thurston
Nov. 13, 2012

The Path Not Taken: Conflict and Identity in Nigeria
By Jennifer Giroux, Raymond Gilpin
Sept. 10, 2013

Nigeria’s Rebel Groups
Interview with Jennifer Giroux
June 24, 2011

In Nigeria, Militancy Raises Specter of Civil War
By David Francis
Oct. 12, 2011

The Shifting Dynamics of Religious Violence in Nigeria’s North
Catherine Cheney
June 19, 2012

Boko Haram

An Evolving Boko Haram Requires Careful Response
By Catherine Cheney
Jan. 26, 2012

Any Boko Haram Deal Must Address Nigeria’s Structural Instability
Interview with Jennifer Giroux
April 29, 2013

Don’t Count on U.S. Security Partnership With Nigeria
By Steven Metz
May 29, 2013

Boko Haram Resilient in the Face of Nigerian Counterterrorism Measures
Interview with Jennifer Giroux
Dec. 6, 2013

U.S. Can Help With Nigeria’s Conflict, but Cannot Own It
By Steven Metz
May 14, 2014

Helping Nigeria’s Girls Will Require More Than Just Selfies
By Heather Hurlburt
May 12, 2014

What’s Kept Nigeria From Finding the Missing Girls
By Frida Ghitis
May 8, 2014

Terrorist Designation Was Unhelpful Against Boko Haram
By Kathy Gilsinan
May 14, 2014

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