Mar 1 2008

Panel Discussion: The Struggle for Democracy in Nigeria: Implications for Africa and the United States

March 1, 2008

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


505 North Michigan Avenue


Chicago, IL 60611,

Event Description:

The Struggle for Democracy in Nigeria: Implications for Africa and the United States

Home to more than 140 million people and nearly 50 percent Muslim, Nigeria is undergoing a difficult and dramatic democratic transition. In contrast to recent events in Kenya, however, aggrieved candidates in recent Nigerian elections have successfully challenged voting results in court. The United States’ fifth-largest oil supplier, Nigeria is critical to American interests on the African continent. What role can a vibrant, pro-development, and stable Nigeria play in supporting U.S. policies in Africa? What does the Nigerian experience demonstrate about the nature of economic growth and political stability in the region, and what can the United States do to help?

Please join The Chicago Council for a panel discussion on democracy, economics, politics, and religion in Nigeria, featuring three distinguished experts.

Ambassador John Campbell served as U.S. ambassador to Nigeria from 2004-2007. A career Foreign Service officer since 1975, his postings have included Lyon, Paris, and Geneva. A longtime Africa expert, he has also served as political counselor in Lagos and in Pretoria/Cape Town, South Africa. Ambassador Campbell earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Muhammad Sani Umar is an associate professor of Islam at Arizona State University. He specialized in Islamic liberalism as a Global Fellow at the International Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2003-2004, and is now working on democratization, Islam, and politics in Nigeria and West Africa. He earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Kayode Fayemi is currently a fellow at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and an adjunct professor of security studies at the African Centre for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He established the Lagos-based Centre for Democracy and Development, worked as an advisor to the British government on Africa policy, and served as a technical expert for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He earned a Ph.D. from King’s College at the University of London.

Moderated by Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University.



Date posted

Aug 14, 2018

Date updated

Aug 14, 2018