Nigeria’s Hopeful Election

Article
June 2015

In a surprising turn of events, opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari was able to outpoll incumbent Goodluck Jonathan—and the latter peacefully acknowledged his defeat.

Growth, Security, and Democracy in Africa

Article
October 2014

Democracy’s fortunes rose in Africa in the 1990s, but more recently have been in retreat. The forces of democratic resurgence remain in play, however, as a
look at the key case of Nigeria suggests.

Nigeria Votes: More Openness, More Conflict

Article
October 2011

Nigeria’s 2011 presidential election offered its citizens the most competitive and transparent contest in decades, but also the bloodiest.

Documents on Democracy, July 2011

Article
July 2011
  • Excerpts from Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural address, given on May 29.
  • Portions of “A Vision of a Democratic Libya,” the March 29 statement issued by the 31-member Libyan Interim National Council.
  • Excerpts of the final statement issued by participants of the Conference for Change in Syria, held in Antalya, Turkey, from May 31 to June 2.

Progress and Retreat in Africa: Challenges of a "Frontier" Region

Article
April 2008

In Africa today, investment flows in and civil societies grow stronger, yet many of the continent's leaders continue to behave autocratically, defending their privileges against the spread of law-based rule.

Nigeria’s Muddled Elections

Article
October 2007

The failure of the elections has been partly mitigated by the hope of judicial review of electoral malfeasance, the stabilizing ingenuity of ethno-regional power-sharing, and renewed national discussions of electoral reforms.

Nigeria: Completing Obasanjo's Legacy

Article
July 2006

By graciously accepting the defeat of a constitutional amendment that would have enabled him to seek a third term, President Olusegun Obasanjo has solidified his contribution to Nigerian democracy, but much remains to be done.

Nigeria: Elections in a Fragile Regime

Article
July 2003

The election cycle concluding in the spring of 2003 was a guarded success. High hurdles to better governance and democratic consolidation remain, but Nigerians can now face them with greater hope.

Monitoring Nigeria's Elections

Article
October 1999