Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink (Hardcover)

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John Campbell is the Ralph Bunch Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CF) in New York. From 1975 to 2007, Ambassador Campbell served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer. He served twice in Nigeria, as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. Ambassador Campbell's additional overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. He also served as deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Languages Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs.

From 2007 to 2008, he was visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hew was also a Department of State midcareer fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Prior to his career in the Foreign Service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Ambassador Campbell received a BA and an MA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in seventeenth-century English history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
"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 state failure." "John Campbell explores Nigeria's post-colonial 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN 9781442206892
Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 183
Publisher Date 2010-12-16 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Copyright Year 2011
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.9 lb
Height 9.25 in
Language English
Subtitle Dancing on the Brink
Audience College/higher education
Authors Campbell, John
Country of Origin United States

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