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Nigerian Pathways: Towards Stability, Security, and Democratic Development

By Richard Joseph July 23 marks 100 days since the Chibok girls were abducted. The Boko Haram insurgency has brought to world attention the shortcomings of Nigeria’s army, police, and other security services. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking $1billion in … Continue reading

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Electoral Politics and Power Strategies in Ethiopia

By Elise Dufief International democracy promotion is challenged by the global retreat of democracy. The case of Ethiopia demonstrates how political space can be narrowed, a hegemonic regime strengthened, and election observer missions constricted in their capacity to influence outcomes. … Continue reading

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The Chibok Girls and an Embattled Nigeria

By Richard Joseph Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on Two centuries ago, John Keats wrote his enigmatic “Ode on a Grecian Urn”. It came to mind after President Barack Obama’s foreign … Continue reading

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Bring Back Our State: Another Nigerian Plea

By Ayo Olukotun “Democracy Day Blues” republished with the permission of The Punch, Nigeria “The national protest, Bring Back Our Girls, should be complemented with Build Us a State. There are some missions, such as overcoming the Nigerian state crisis, that … Continue reading

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Confronting Boko Haram and the Nigerian Predicament

By Richard Joseph This post first appeared on the Brookings Institution’s ‘Africa in focus’ blog. The original text can be read here.   The mass kidnapping of girls has brought the Nigerian Predicament to global attention. The insistence by Nigerian … Continue reading

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Boko Haram and the Nigerian State Crisis

By Richard Joseph This post first appeared on the Brookings Institution’s ‘Africa in focus’ blog. The original text can be read here.   “Africa will not make sustainable progress in building democratic systems and fostering economic development until the continent acquires coherent, … Continue reading

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Africa’s Third Liberation: Transformative Growth and Developmental Governance

By Richard Joseph On March 10, 2014, I gave a lecture on this topic to a large audience at the University of Ghana, Legon, sponsored by the Department of Political Science. It was followed by a seminar presentation at the … Continue reading

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Democracy at Bay: The Arab Spring and Sub-Saharan Africa

By Richard Joseph A great pendulum shift has occurred in the geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa, from repressive autocracies to political liberalization to violent conflict and civil war. Enormous financial resources and military weaponry are being poured … Continue reading

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Is Good Governance Necessary For Economic Progress in Africa?

By Richard Joseph The third wave of democracy arrived in Africa in the early 1990s, well after the pursuit of pro-market reforms advocated by western aid agencies and international organizations. When that wave subsided, a good governance agenda of the … Continue reading

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Prebendalism and Dysfunctionality in Nigeria

By Richard Joseph  In the summer of 1977, I tried to make sense of what was amiss in Nigeria. The outcome was an article, “Affluence and Underdevelopment: the Nigerian Experience”, published a year later.  That same year, as the transition … Continue reading

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