Nigeria’s Governance and Security Deficit

by Administrator User · June 24, 2014.
Compiled by the editors of World Politics Review
This report first appeared in World Politics Review , 28 May 2014, and has been republished with their permission.

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

Regional Role    

Nigeria-South Africa Tensions Leave African Leadership Gap    
By Chris Landsberg     
April 18, 2012

Can Nigeria and Turkey Serve as Regional Policemen?    
By Richard Gowan    
June 24, 2013

North and West Africa Seek to Jumpstart Regional Counterterrorism Cooperation  
Lesley Anne Warner    
May 14, 2014

Niger, Nigeria Step Up Cooperation Against Boko Haram    
Jacob Zenn    
Oct. 31, 2012

West Africa Turns Limited Resources to Addressing Piracy in Gulf of Guinea    
James M. Bridger    
July 9, 2013

Better International Coordination Needed to Combat Rising West African Piracy    
James M. Bridger    
April 2, 2013

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