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ISN Weekly Theme: Nigeria Navigates Turbulent Times

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Niger Delta picture from space
The Niger Delta from space, north is to the left

Africa’s most populous country is staring down scrutiny from outside and political turmoil – not to mention fractious intra-state conflict – from within. Now the question remains: Can this fragile, young democracy turn turbulence into triumph?

This Special Report contains the following content:

  • An Analysis by Center for Security Studies’ senior researcher Jennifer Giroux examines the rocky political terrain acting President Goodluck Jonathan must navigate – and the tremendous opportunities he holds to help put this young democracy on a path to peace.
  • A Podcast interview with activist Annkio Briggs explores the troubled history of, and lack of development in, the Niger Delta region.
  • Security Watch stories about Nigeria’s troubled political leadership, sectarian violence, illicit arms trade and much more.
  • Publications housed in our Digital Library, including a US Army War College paper that examines whether oil exports fuel defense spending, while another analysis asks whether Nigeria provides a prime example of the ‘resource curse.’
  • Primary Resources, like Nigerian National Planning Commission reports on topics ranging from the Niger Delta to foreign policy.
  • Links to relevant websites, like MEND’s official web platform and National Geographic’s insight into the impact of Nigerian oil on society and security.
  • Our IR Directory with relevant organizations, including the Lagos-based Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and the Africa Strategic and Peace Research Group.

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