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Council on Foreign Relations Apri 6th Academic Conference Call: "Nigeria on the Brink" in HHH 173

Call hosted by Rachel Garaghty
On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the CFR Winter/Spring 2011 Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 6, from 11:00 am to noon (CT).

Please RSVP to Rachel Garaghty, global policy graduate assistant: gara0030@umn.edu

John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, will discuss the upcoming elections in Nigeria, as well as policy recommendations from his new book "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink" (see http://www.cfr.org/nigeria/nigeria/p22833?cid=emc-acc_invite-campbell_nigeria_book-032811).

Prior to joining CFR, Ambassador Campbell was a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer serving twice in Nigeria, first as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and then as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. His other overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. Past assignments include deputy assistant secretary for the bureau for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Ambassador Campbell was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a U.S. Department of State mid-career fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to his career in the foreign service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) "Nigeria's Elections: Reversing the Degeneration?" Africa Briefing No. 79, International Crisis Group, February 24, 2011.
2) John Campbell, "Why Nigeria's North South Distinction is Important," Huffington Post, February 7, 2011.
3) John Campbell, "Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan Gets the PDP Nomination," Huffington Post, January 21, 2011.
4) Ebere Onwudiwe and Chloe Berwind-Dart, "Breaking the Cycle of Electoral Violence in Nigeria," Special Report 263, United States Institute of Peace, December 2010.
5) John Campbell, "Nigeria on the Brink: What Happens if the 2011 Elections Fail?" Snapshot, Foreign Affairs, September 9, 2010.
6) Olumide Taiwo, "Challenges and Possibilities for Progress in Nigeria," Brookings Institution, May 17, 2010.
7) John Campbell, "Africa in Transition," Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

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