NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN LOOKS AT CHOICES AHEAD FOR NIGERIA

October 5, 2006

HARRISONBURG— In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, looks at the choices ahead which Nigeria must make as it approaches the elections scheduled for April 21, 2007.

According to Dr. Pham, “over the long-term, perhaps no African country is as vital to the strategic interests of the United States as Nigeria”; consequently, while a peaceful democratic transition will make a “significant contribution to regional stability and international security, including the strategic interests of the United States, as an oil-rich nation with a Muslim population three times that of Saudi Arabia consolidates its budding democracy,” should one not take place or otherwise falter, “it will not be long before the economic, political, and military ripples in the Niger come ashore as waves crashing over the banks of the Hudson and the Potomac.”

Dr. Pham’s essay, “ Nigeria at the Crossroads,” can be accessed online by clicking here.