John Campbell

Africa in Transition

Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

ICG and GFI on Nigeria

by John Campbell Monday, January 24, 2011

Two recently issued reports from the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Center for International Policy’s Global Financial Integrity program (GFI) provide insight into Nigeria as it prepares for national elections in April 2011.

The ICG report is a sophisticated analysis of Northern politics, ethnicity and religion in the North, which I highly recommend. Read more »

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan Gets the PDP Nomination

by John Campbell Friday, January 21, 2011

As the Giant of Africa now turns its attention to country-wide presidential elections, the contest is shaping up to be dangerous and destabilizing, pitting a Christian candidate against a Muslim candidate — a competition Nigerians have always tried to avoid. Perhaps for the first time, Nigerian presidential elections will matter because the leading candidates are identified with rival regions and religions, identities more important to Nigerians than their national one. Read more »