Nigeria: Conditions, Issues and U.S. Relations


Roland A. Pollak (Editor)

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL053000

The U.S. government considers its relationship with Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of oil and its second largest economy, to be among the most important on the continent. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, with more than 170 million people, roughly divided between Muslims and Christians. U.S. diplomatic relations with Nigeria, which is regularly among the top six suppliers of U.S. oil imports, have improved since the country made the transition from military to civilian rule in 1999, and Nigeria is a major recipient of U.S. foreign aid.

The country is an influential actor in African politics, having mediated disputes in several African countries and ranking among the top five troop contributors to U.N. peacekeeping missions. Nigeria is a country of significant promise, but it also faces serious social, economic, and security challenges that have the potential to threaten the stability of both the state and the region, and to affect global oil prices. The country has faced intermittent political turmoil and economic crises since independence. Political life has been scarred by conflict along ethnic, geographic, and religious lines, and corruption and misrule have undermined the authority and legitimacy of the state. This book examines current conditions, issues and U.S. relations with Nigeria, with a focus on human rights; religious freedom; and economic and business affairs. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Nigeria: Current Issues and U.S. Policy
(Lauren Ploch, CRS)

Nigerian Unity: In the Balance
(Gerald McLoughlin, Clarence J. Bouchat, Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press)

Nigeria 2012 Human Rights Report
(U.S. Department of State)

Nigeria 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State)

2013 Investment Climate Statement: Nigeria
(Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs)


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