On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Winter/Spring 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, February 26, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 226. John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, will discuss the political and security implications of Nigeria's Independent National Elections Commission's decision to postpone the February 14, 2015 presidential elections until March 28, 2015.
Prior to joining CFR, Ambassador Campbell was a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer serving twice in Nigeria, first as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and then as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. His other overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. Past assignments include deputy assistant secretary for the bureau for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Ambassador Campbell was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a U.S. Department of State mid-career fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to his career in the foreign service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Ambassador Campbell published his book, "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink," in 2010. He writes the blog "Africa in Transition," and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:
1) John Campbell, "Why Were Nigeria's Presidential Elections Postponed?" Africa in Transition, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, February 9, 2015.
2) Seth Kaplan, "How Inequality Fuels Boko Haram," ForeignAffairs.com, February 5, 2015.
3) John Campbell, Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Election, Contingency Planning Memorandum Update, Council on Foreign Relations Press, February 2015.
4) John Campbell, "Good Luck, Jonathan," ForeignAffairs.com, January 27, 2015.
5) John Campbell, U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram, Council Special Report No. 70, Council on Foreign Relations Press, November 2014.
6) "Nigeria Security Tracker," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.
Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you'd like to attend.
Hope to see you there!