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Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?

April 5, 2015

By David Bruckmeier: For Muhammadu Buhari, fourth time’s the charm. After three unsuccessful runs for the Nigerian presidency, the 72-year-old was officially declared winner of last week’s elections with a lead of more than two million votes over his main rival, the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. It is the first time a ruling president of Nigeria … Continue reading “Nigeria’s choice: Good news for democracy, bad news for Boko Haram?”

Nigeria's elections and the quest for change

February 11, 2015

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood: “Elections belong to people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters” – Abraham Lincoln When elections loom we often make the mistake of believing that voting for a different party or a new … Continue reading “Nigeria's elections and the quest for change”

Chad: Taking the lead in the war on Boko Haram

February 6, 2015

By David Bruckmeier:  Chad has emerged as a key player in the war against Islamist group Boko Haram. The liberation of the Nigerian town of Gamboru by Chadian troops on February 3 is the latest example of the Central African country’s increasing assertiveness in regional security matters. Beyond fears of a spillover of the violence to his own country, President Idriss Déby is seeking to establish Chad as a … Continue reading “Chad: Taking the lead in the war on Boko Haram”

Boko Haram in Cameroon: A timely wakeup call?

August 22, 2014

By Awah Leonide Azah: Cameroon, Central Africa’s largest economy, has over the years gained a reputation for being a relatively peaceful and stable country in an increasingly insecure region. Conflicts and violent extremism have plagued Cameroon’s neighbors, especially in light of recent conflicts in Mali, Chad, and Central African Republic, as well as of terrorist … Continue reading “Boko Haram in Cameroon: A timely wakeup call?”

Bring back our girls, bring back our country

June 30, 2014

By Akinbode Fasakin: After the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, on April 15 and the outrage it generated globally, one would assume that the Nigerian government under President Goodluck Jonathan would come alive with a new determination to bring back these girls and work to address the myriad of security issues present in … Continue reading “Bring back our girls, bring back our country”

‘Secret Diplomacy’. Should we engage with Boko Haram?

May 23, 2014

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood:   “All wars represent a failure of diplomacy” According to Tony Penn, wars occur as a result of lack of diplomacy or the failure/unwillingness of both state and in the case of terrorist’s, non-state actors, to engage in lengthy negotiation – be it the traditional way i.e. secret diplomacy or the new … Continue reading “‘Secret Diplomacy’. Should we engage with Boko Haram?”


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