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February 15, 2019

Nigeria
Tracking Election Violence in Nigeria

Nigeria will hold its sixth national election since the current transition toward democracy began with the end of military rule in 1999. Despite some seventy presidential candidates, the competition for the presidency is really a two-horse race. It pits incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). 

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January 18, 2019

Nigeria
UPDATE: The Numbers Behind Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

Has sectarian violence in the Middle Belt increased significantly in 2018? On December 20, 2018, we published year-to-date data. Below we publish data for the entire year of 2018. Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, the short answer to the first question is yes, violence has almost doubled since 2017.

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December 20, 2018

Nigeria
The Numbers Behind Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

Based on an analysis of Nigeria Security Tracker data, deaths from sectarian violence have almost doubled since 2017. The NST documented 1,949 deaths through October 2018, compared to 1,041 sectarian-related deaths in all of 2017. Violence is about even with Boko Haram, in terms of the number of conflict-related victims. Deaths related to the Boko Haram conflict through October 2018 are roughly 1,900.

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August 20, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram’s Deadly Impact

A new compilation of data gives insight into the African Islamist insurgency’s reach, tactics, and evolution. It reveals a far higher victim count than previous estimates.

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December 20, 2012

Nigeria
Boko Haram and Nigeria’s Pervasive Violence

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has contributed to widespread and deadly violence in Nigeria, but the government sercurity services are also at fault, write CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood.

October 25, 2011

Elections and Voting
African Democracy: Elections Despite Divisions

In this Markets and Democracy Brief, CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood note the potential dangers of elections in weak and divided African countries, but they urge continued U.S. support for elect…

October 27, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Security Tracker

The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and codes report…

June 11, 2013

Nigeria
Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink

Teaching Notes on Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink by CFR Senior Fellow and former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell.

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January 7, 2013

Nigeria
New Interactive Tool Maps Political Violence in Nigeria, Finds Radical Islamist Group Boko Haram the “Most Deadly”

CFR’s Africa program has launched the Nigeria Security Tracker, an online tool that uses interactive maps and graphs to depict the magnitude and geographic distribution of violence in the oil-rich We…

October 23, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Weekly Foreign Policy Roundup: 9/11, Afghanistan, and Benghazi

Campaign 2016 didn’t generate a lot of foreign policy news this week. To the extent it did, the candidates were rehashing the past rather than laying out what they would do in the future. Most of the…

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