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Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Nigeria

September 1, 2011

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Series host Harry Kreisler interviews John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.


harry bio.jpgRecognizing the nerd in all of us, Guernica brings you Conversations with History, a video series of interviews with distinguished intellectuals conducted by creator and executive producer Harry Kreisler and produced by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

In this week’s episode, Kreisler welcomes John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, for a discussion of his book, Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink. Emphasizing the strategic importance of Nigeria, Ambassador Campbell discusses the nature of the political system, the role of oil, the corrupt patronage system that drives politics at all levels of government, the complex dynamics of the Niger Delta region, the failure of economic development, and the divisions (North-South; Muslim-Christian) that hinder stability. He concludes with an analysis of U.S. goals in its relations with Nigeria.

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Harry Kreisler is also the Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues.

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