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Great Power Competition versus Geopolitical Change in Nigeria and the Implications for the Future Strategic Environment

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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Great power competition between the United States, Russia, and China is no more apparent than in the country of Nigeria, a nation facing immense geopolitical change in the 21st Century. Nigeria is Africas most populous nation, has its largest economy, is natural resource-rich, faces evolving internal conflicts, and is home to some of the most aggressive violent extremist organizations across the globe. Additionally, Nigeria is projected to become the worlds third most populous nation by the year 2050, increasing its need for legitimate governance, a strong economy, and security. Since 2012, Russia and China have increased activities in Nigeria, creating a more competitive environment for the United States to achieve its goals. This research explores the strategic objectives of the United States, Russia, and China in Nigeria. It determines if there are implications on the strategic objectives of the United States based on its current amount of activity versus its competitors and the increasing needs of Nigeria.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]