US Pressures Nigeria on Boko Haram

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 in Africa, Boko Haram, Geopolitics, Nigeria, Terrorism

The Obama Administration has taken steps to create a new dynamic in U.S –Nigeria relations, by designating Boko Haram and Ansaru (a 2012 splinter group from Boko Haram) as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).  These designations were announced by the U.S. State Department on November 13, 2013, acting, in ...

What’s the United States’ grand plan for Nigeria?

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Africa, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Terrorism

 There are many positives in United States–Nigeria relations.  For the most part, the Obama administration and the Nigerian government enjoy very  good relations; they share many common objectives and interests in West Africa and on the continent in general.  There is a great deal of cooperation and collaboration on peace and security issues, as well ...

Remembering 9/11: The World Stood Still

(On the evening of September 11, 2001, I sat in my apartment in Midtown Manhattan and wrote the following, which reflected my immediate thoughts on the terrorist attacks on the United States earlier that morning.) The day, 11 September 2001, began with attending the Sixteenth Annual International Prayer Breakfast, marking the opening of the Fifty-Sixth ...