Nigeria and the Horror of Boko Haram
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 08:00 AM to 09:15 AM
When it comes to Islamic extremist groups, ISIS, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda are the main focus of the Western media and the U.S. State Department. But Boko Haram, it can be argued, is just as big a threat to global stability as it continues to terrorize a large swath of Nigeria, Africa's richest and most populous state, the hegemon of West Africa, and one of the world's largest oil producers.
Why has the American media and military seemingly ignored this brutal war? Why does Boko Haram act with impunity in Northern Nigeria? Where has President Goodluck Jonathan failed? What do Nigeria's February elections mean for the fight against terrorism?
John Campbell is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and he was U.S. ambassador to Nigeria from 2004 to 2007. He is the author of Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink and he writes the blog "Africa in Transition" and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
Speaker: John Campbell
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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