Accession Number : ADA583615


Title :   The Causes of Instability in Nigeria and Implications for the United States


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE


Personal Author(s) : Bouchat, Clarence J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a583615.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 128


Abstract : Understanding the political economy of Nigeria is needed to reveal the root causes of its many ethnic, religious, economic, and political problems and address them for the long term. The pressures now weighing on Nigeria could literally fracture the state along deep fault lines if rampant corruption and partisanship continues. The United States, in a mutually important partnership with Nigeria, should assist in specific but indirect ways to help Nigerians overcome their political economy problems, which could serve both the interests of the United States and Nigeria. Within such assistance, the role of the U.S. military is particularly delicate, but needed through focused aid to specific programs and sharing of expertise, all best managed through employing units that are regionally aligned to Nigeria or West Africa.


Descriptors :   *NIGERIA , *POLITICAL SCIENCE , ECONOMICS , FOREIGN POLICY , INSTABILITY , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , UNITED STATES , WEST AFRICA


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE