Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Rowman & Littlefield))

Nigeria Dancing on the Brink Council on Foreign Relations Books Rowman Littlefield Nigeria the United States most important strategic partner in West Africa is in trouble While Nigerians often claim they are masters of dancing on the brink without falling off the recent vacuum in

  • Title: Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Rowman & Littlefield))
  • Author: JohnCampbell
  • ISBN: 9781442206892
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nigeria, the United States most important strategic partner in West Africa, is in trouble While Nigerians often claim they are masters of dancing on the brink without falling off, the recent vacuum in government authority, the upcoming 2011 elections, and escalating violence in the Delta and the North may finally provide the impetus that pushes it into the abyss of stateNigeria, the United States most important strategic partner in West Africa, is in trouble While Nigerians often claim they are masters of dancing on the brink without falling off, the recent vacuum in government authority, the upcoming 2011 elections, and escalating violence in the Delta and the North may finally provide the impetus that pushes it into the abyss of state failure John Campbell explores Nigeria s postcolonial history and presents a nuanced explanation of the events and conditions that have carried this complex, dynamic, and very troubled giant to the edge Central to his analysis are the oil wealth, endemic corruption, and elite competition that have undermined Nigeria s nascent democratic institutions and alienated an increasingly impoverished population State failure would damage the interests of the United States But it is not inevitable Campbell suggests concrete policy options that would allow the United States to help Nigeria avoid state failure and promote political, social, and economic development.

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    1. of all the books i read on Nigeria, this one was the most helpful, for a few reasons first, it is contemporary written 2011, campbell writes as it is, not as it was even with that, however, i would love to hear his views on what is happening currently regarding jonathan trying to hold on to the presidency secondly, campbell seems to have a very unbiased perspective on the issues, and his suggestions seem thoughtful and intelligent the problem is getting people to listen

    2. Great book to read if you are looking for a general overview and analysis of Nigeria and its relations with the US.

    3. A well written overview of Africa s economic and political giant that seems to perpetually teeter on the edge of chaos Campbell, the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, provides fascinating insights into this complicated country The second largest producer of oil in Africa much of which is exported to the United States , Nigeria is a land where than 200 languages and dialects are spoken and an increasingly bright and violent line is being drawn between the Mulsim north and Christian south The poin [...]

    4. of all the books i read on Nigeria, this one was the most helpful, for a few reasons first, it is contemporary written 2011, campbell writes as it is, not as it was even with that, however, i would love to hear his views on what is happening currently regarding jonathan trying to hold on to the presidency secondly, campbell seems to have a very unbiased perspective on the issues, and his suggestions seem thoughtful and intelligent the problem is getting people to listen

    5. The former ambassador was very candid in his narration of past events To the best of my knowledge, what he said is true However, the onus rests on every Nigerian to realise that the same politicians who have run Nigeria into the ground CANNOT bring us back up We all have to individually resolve to bring the country back up No other person or country can do it for us.

    6. An interesting insight into the Obasanjo years by someone who should have a good insight into how Nigeria really works Obasanjo, according to former US ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, bears the brunt of the responsibity for the mess Nigeria finds itself in today, and in particular, leaving the country with the weak leadership of his rogue prot g Goodluck Jonathan.

    7. This book is so powerful in explaining contemporary Nigerian politics even for those who are completely unfamiliar with the region and actors With the Nigerian elections coming up in April 2011, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to better understand current events What happens in Nigeria in April will be important, not only for democracy in Africa, but for the world.

    8. If you are looking for an interesting read about Nigeria, published just in 2011, this is it My wife and I are departing for a two year assignment to Nigeria next month and I found Ambassador Campbell s extremely relevant.

    9. Detailed book of the past 50 years of Nigerian history, political issues, and personalities involved Not super in depth in any one area, but talks about oil, religion, corruption, government relations, etc Helpful and useful for understanding this wonderfully complex nation.

    10. Absolutely the best book on Nigeria I have ever seen A great overview from the former ambassador to Nigeria.

    11. This book by former U.S Ambassador to Nigeria is an excellent history and look into the future of Nigeria and provides valuable insights to Africa analysts, planners, and diplomats.

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