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    As Fed Tapers, More Central Bank Independence Needed

    This week finance ministers and central bank officials from around the world will converge on Washington for the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Discussions of monetary policy normalization are leading this year’s expansive schedule. One notable item missing from the agenda is discussion of … More

    An Opportunity for Greater U.S.-Nigeria Ties

    President Obama will meet with the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan tonight on the margins of the U.N General Assembly in New York. Counterterrorism and energy security should be at the top of the meeting’s discussion agenda, along with Nigeria’s greater economic integration within West Africa and the continent. The recent … More

    Boko Haram Leaders Captured

    The Nigerian military has captured top leaders of the terrorist group Boko Haram, according to local media reports. The capture comes after Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, declared a state of emergency in northeastern Nigeria on May 14. Boko Haram is reportedly responsible for the deaths of 3,000 people since 2010. … More

    The U.S. Should Designate Boko Haram a Terrorist Organization

    On March 26, the Nigerian senate proved that President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to grant amnesty to terrorist organization Boko Haram was not in vain. Nigerian Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe announced that the senate, like the president, was opposed to amnesty for Boko Haram. Nigeria’s emboldened approach to dealing with Boko Haram … More

    Nigeria: Boko Haram has al-Qaeda’s Backing

    This summer, Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency, has gained rapid notoriety following a string of brutal killings. While its attacks are domestic in nature, primarily targeting the Nigerian government, evidence reveals that Boko Haram has received support from international terrorist groups, namely al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Boko Haram’s … More

    Nigeria Appeals to Islamic Militants

    In recent months, Nigeria’s infamous Islamist militant group Boko Haram has increased its attacks against the Nigerian government and its people. Instead of addressing Boko Haram’s attacks through a bold counterterrorism strategy, last weekend Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced plans to negotiate with the organization. Founded in 2002, Boko Haram … More

    Elections in Nigeria: Opportunity for Improvement

    On April 9, Nigerians head to the polls to vote in the presidential and gubernatorial elections. Since 1999, when the country returned to civilian rule, each election has been marred by violence, bribery, and allegations of fraud. Adding to the already daunting challenge is President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to run … More

    Nigeria Fills an Executive Void

    Nigeria regained a president on February 9, 2010, when the parliament voted a provisional transfer of executive power to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.  Nigeria’s elected president Umaru Yar’Adua, suffers from chronic illness and left Nigeria for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia in late November 2009. Jonathan, a former university professor … More