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      January 16, 2019

      Wednesday   5:00 PM

      School of International Service , 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20435

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      Nigerian Political Competition in a Time of Transition & Terror

      The defeat of the ruling party In 2015 was an important milestone in Nigeria's political development. In February, Africa's most populous democracy will again vote for a president. Join reporter Jennifer Amur and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield for a conversation about my new book detailing the path to the opposition's victory. In "Contemporary Nigerian Politics: Competition during a Time of Transition and Terror," I use survey data, field research from 11 states, and an analysis of party rhetoric to demonstrate that the major parties campaigned on different issues. I also show that voters prioritized economic progress and electoral integrity, despite waves of violence by Boko Haram. This has important implications for how we understand ethnic politics and party strategy, particularly in a country facing an ongoing threat of terrorism. I also show how the rise of the opposition party has roots in elite deals struck during the transition, and how those same deals undermine institutional resilience today.Speakers:Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is the former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and currently a Distinguished Fellow of African Studies At Georgetown University. Jennifer Amur is the Africa Editor for The Washington Post

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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