John Campbell

Africa in Transition

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

Cheney, the Niger Delta and Cote d’Ivoire

by John Campbell Friday, December 3, 2010

A couple of things:

  • If you are curious, yes, I am watching  the ongoing Halliburton case in Nigeria that reportedly involves former vice president Dick Cheney. However, before I weigh in on how serious the situation is,  we need to see if Cheney is in fact charged, and if he is, what the nature of those charges are.
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Electoral and Religious Conflict in Africa

by John Campbell Thursday, December 2, 2010

As we watch the events unfold in Africa, keep a careful eye on the shifting national and religious identities — and the rhetoric that masks and reveals them — in Sudan and Nigeria alike. Weak states are dangerous places for citizens, not least because peaceful transitions there are all-too-frequently elusive. Read more »

Influencing Africa only on the Margins

by John Campbell Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I had a good time at the African Studies Association meeting in San Francisco, November 18-21. The events list was reminiscent of a college catalogue if all of the course offerings were Africa-related. Though the principal theme was the African Diaspora, there was a banquet of presentations and roundtables on other issues, such as Muslim politics in the Sahel or militia activity in the eastern Congo, to take two I especially enjoyed. While the quality of the presentations was variable as always, often I found myself thinking about new issues or thinking in new ways about the ones I know best. Read more »

The Niger Delta: Heating Up?

by John Campbell Friday, November 19, 2010

This month Delta militants attacked two offshore oil facilities belonging to international oil companies. They kidnapped 7 foreign workers and 12 Nigerians. In response to this renewed militant activity, the Joint Task Force (JTF)—the Nigerian government’s military presence in the Niger Delta—claims to have overrun at least seven insurgent camps in three different Delta states. They also claim that these actions led to the negotiated release of the hostages unharmed. Read more »