Power and Weakness
Nigeria Showcases Problems, Promise of Rising Africa

In Nigeria, Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls are just one side of the story. As in much of Africa, terrorism, lawlessness, and state powerlessness exist alongside economic growth and rapidly declining poverty.

Published on: June 17, 2014
Dane Erickson is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently undertaking a year-long analysis of political and security issues in West Africa and the implications for development and agriculture, in partnership with a network of local scholars. The opinions expressed are his own.
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